Sunderland are being tipped to land 29-year-old defender Curtis Tilt ahead of this Friday’s transfer deadline, as reported by HITC.
The Black Cats are up against Wigan for the defender’s signature as his Rotherham spell looks to come to an unsuccessful end. The defender made his name at Blackpool, but a move to Paul Warne’s side has seen him marginalised and searching for competitive action.
Tilt served much of his career in the lower leagues playing for Hednesford, Halesowen, Forest Green, Telford and Wrexham. He joined the Seasiders in June 2017, making 113 appearances before a move to The Millers in January this year.
He has since appeared just once for them, getting 60 minutes of a 3-1 defeat at Rochdale, before falling spectacularly out of favour. Having had plenty of experience in League One, he would be a great fit for any side looking for a robust and competitive centre back, which Sunderland are.
Phil Parkinson’s side have started the season brightly, winning two matches and drawing twice to sit just outside the top six, albeit with a game in hand over their rivals Should they land Tilt, he could make his debut this weekend as they travel to face Swindon Town.
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Sunderland would be an excellent fit for Tilt, he’s strong and aggressive and would easily fit into the ambitious Black Cats line up. They’re chasing a top six spot and he’s proven he’s more than capable of holding his own at this level during his time with Blackpool.
His stint with Rotherham has been disappointing, a fact which will baffle some who felt he was a good fit for the Millers. Perhaps the step-up has caught him out, but having got a solitary hour of football, one has to wonder if something else affected his stay there.
Wherever he chooses to go, Wigan or Sunderland, he is sure to cherish the chance to get his career back on track, having spent so long fighting to get out of the non-league system