Sunderland’s £4m striker Will Grigg is likely to be hunted by Oxford United this summer, as reported by the Northern Echo.
Grigg was a target for Oxford in the recent winter window, but a move could not be agreed. However, that won’t put Karl Robinson off in the summer, who will have seen his transfer kitty increased by the sale of Shandon Baptiste and Tariq Fosu on deadline day.
Grigg wasn’t short of suitors in the window, with Blackpool, Swindon and even Salford City linked with moves, but an obvious stumbling block will be financials; he’s likely to command a high wage even if Sunderland let him go for free, which is unlikely.
It is only a year since Grigg arrived at the Stadium of Light to fire the Black Cats back to the Championship, but the big-money move from Wigan has been a failure of huge proportions.
The 28-year-old has scored just eight goals in 46 outings and hasn’t featured this campaign since December 14th amidst continuing poor form and a resulting loss of confidence.
A move to Oxford would make sense: we can’t see a side currently in the second-tier coming in for him.
The only place he can look to is the top end of League One. He’s a good player, he hasn’t shown it at Sunderland, but he is. He’s got the quality to succeed at this level, but his entire spell on Wearside has been a disaster.
Oxford can offer him a way out, should be able to reach the required financial levels and should be at the top end of League One, if not a Championship side by the summer.