Sunderland are eyeing a late swoop for Jordan Jones, as reported by the Northern Echo.
The Black Cats face struggling Tranmere tonight, but look set to turn their ailing season around with a late push for the top six. They’ve been busy this transfer window, bringing in Josh Scowen this week, as well as having been linked with a move for Greg Docherty of Rangers.
It’s the Ibrox giants they’re hoping to raid again according to the report. 5ft 8in Jones is currently with Rangers, and is Northern Ireland international after receiving a call up back in 2017 and since having been capped nine times.
The 25-year-old has previously played for Middlesbrough, as well as having spells with Hartlepool United and Cambridge United on loan. He bagged 11 goals in 118 appearances for Kilmarnock, helping them to Europe last season, which earned him a move to Rangers,
He’s since struggled to force himself into Steven Gerrard’s plans though and looks set to leave Ibrox on a temporary deal, with Phil Parkinson right at the head of the queue.
Jones is of an age where he has to play regularly. He can’t live on those seasons with Kilmarnock and if Rangers won’t provide senior football, a move seems wise.
Sunderland operate with a couple of wingers which makes the move even more sensible. However, Jones should look to the example of Lewis Morgan, who struggled to impress in a temporary spell away from Celtic at Sunderland.
It’s a huge gamble going out on loan: if the spell doesn’t work out he devalues himself hugely. It’ll be interesting to see if this has legs.