Swindon are busy looking for new firepower after the return of leading scorer Eoin Doyle to Bradford City and according to journalist Alan Nixon Mark McNulty is on their radar.
McNulty is currently on loan from Championship outfit Reading at League One Sunderland, but Nixon claims the season-long loan could end early if all parties agree.
Swindon. Now focusing on McNulty at Reading. Could break into his loan spell at Sunderland if agreement all round.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
The twenty-seven-year-old signed for Reading in the summer of 2018 for a fee in the region of £1.2m but his move to the Madjeski Stadium didn’t work out. He made only four Championship starts and scored only once in thirteen appearances before the Royals shipped him out on loan to Hibernian for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign.
He fared much better at Easter Road, scoring eight goals and providing a further five assists, form that persuaded previous Sunderland manager Jack Ross to make his move in the summer.
However, McNulty has not prospered at the Stadium of Light, struggling for game time under new boss Phil Parkinson and a move away from the club would not be a surprise for many fans.
McNulty made his name with twenty-three league goals for Coventry in their League Two promotion-winning season of 2017/18, but apart from the brief purple patch at Hibs, he’s failed to reach those same heights since.
McNulty still has two and a half years on his Reading contract so unless Swindon finds some serious money the deal will be another loan.
Many Sunderland fans will not lose any sleep over his departure.
Nonetheless, If McNulty finds his Coventry and Hibs form, Doyle could turn out to be a distant but very fond memory for Robins fans.
McNulty is a good player at League Two level, but with Swindon now exploring several different options it might not happen.
Let’s be honest, Swindon wants Doyle back more than anything, and all the gossip could be just an elaborate negotiating ploy with Bradford.