Sunderland are reportedly looking into the possibility of grabbing Lewie Coyle from Leeds United, ending his loan spell at Fleetwood Town, as reported by Alan Nixon.
Coyle is currently on loan with Joey Barton’s Cod Army, but is out of contract with the Whites in the summer. That’s led to Nixon reporting that Sunderland might be able to add him to their ranks this winter with a cash bid, saving Marcelo Bielsa’s side from losing him on a free transfer.
The 24-year-old has been with Leeds since a young age and was once involved in a tapping-up scandal when it was reported Chelsea offered his Dad significant sums of money to tempt him to Stamford Bridge. That didn’t happen and he’s never reached the potential that early scandal suggested he might.
Coyle has struggled to break through at Elland Road, but he’s currently on his third loan spell with Fleetwood, having now made a century of appearances for the Lancashire side.
Coyle can play at full back or central midfield and could help cover the gap left by Laurens de Bock and Bryan Oviedo on the left side of Sunderland’s defence, which hasn’t been rigid enough since they dropped out of the Premier League.
This is a deal we can see value in, but whether it is actually on the cards is another thing altogether.
On one hand, Sunderland are a huge club and a permanent move to the Stadium of Light would be massive for Coyle. However, having served Fleetwood diligently over the last couple of seasons, he may feel an affinity with them and, knowing he’s free to leave Leeds in the summer, could hang on for a more personally lucrative switch.
He’s certainly the sort of quality that Phil Parkinson needs at the club right now.