Sunderland and Portsmouth in race to sign £500,000 striker

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Sunderland and Portsmouth are in a race to sign Plymouth Argyle goalscorer Freddie Ladapo with both clubs close to agreeing on a fee of £500,000 for the striker as reported by Plymouth Live.

The League One big-hitters both had bids for the twenty-six-year-old goalscorer rejected by the Pilgrims in January and have renewed their interest according to the report.

Another club has also made a bid for Ladapo who has been the subject of speculation linking him to a move to the Championship with Brentford. The report also claims the striker has piqued the interest of a couple of clubs in the Scottish Premiership.

The much-travelled frontman moved to Premier League side Crystal Palace in 2016 following a nomadic spell in non-league football and made two appearances for the Eagles.

He also had loan spells with Oldham and Shrewsbury before he finally found his feet at Home Park following his release from Southend in 2018, signing a two-year deal  with the Pilgrims

He found the net eighteen times in forty-five League One appearances for Argyle in 2018/19, but his goals failed to prevent Plymouth falling into the EFL’s bottom tier with relegation prompting rumours Ladapo would leave the Devon outfit.

Our View

The move to Argyle kick-started Ladapo’s career, and he enjoyed his best ever season at Home Park.

It is no surprise that clubs are interested in the frontman, but if he does secure a move, he must take his good form into next season.

Sunderland and Portsmouth are likely to be locked in a battle for promotion next season and whoever gets his signature will see it as an early victory over their rival.

Both need goals, but our feeling is Portsmouth may well be in the driving seat for his services.

Argyle fans will be disappointed but with Lowe now at the helm; they will be expecting the signing of a decent replacement for their departing hitman and the money received invested heavily in the squad.



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