Sunderland look likely to miss out on midfielder Greg Doherty after their swoop for him hit a snag, as reported by The Glasgow Times.
It has been widely reported that Sunderland were keen on a six-month loan deal, but as that possibility fades it now seems he may be destined for a spell in the Championship with Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic.
The midfielder has made just nineteen appearances for Rangers since arriving at Ibrox from Hamilton for £600,000 in January 2018. He sent last season on loan at Peterborough’s League One rivals Shrewsbury, making fifty outings and scoring ten times.
Despite an excellent campaign in Shropshire, he’s failed to kick on since his return to the Glasgow giants. The twenty-three-year-old has not featured since August, and the exit door appears to be beckoning for a player who still has two and a half years remaining on his Rangers contract.
Sunderland have climbed back into the play-off places in League One despite a dismal run heading into Christmas. wins against Lincoln City, Wycombe and MK Dons have seen Parkinson keep the wolves from the door.
Phil Parkinson hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since taking over and he needs a strong window. His recent wins have kept the fans placated for now, but he’s only ever a couple of defeats away from trouble again, as Jack Ross found out to his cost.
Docherty would have been a great signing and it will gall them even more, to know their play-off vanquishers of 2019 are the ones now leading the hunt. A strong midfield is required in the competitive League One and right now, Sunderland are perhaps a man or two short.