Sunderland have accepted a £10 million bid from Southampton for striker Ross Stewart, with the player expected to undergo a medical with the Saints, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.
The 27-year-old was out of contract at the Stadium Of Light next summer and he’s already told the club that he wasn’t going to re-sign with the Black Cats, forcing them to cash in.
Who is Ross Stewart?
Stewart began his first-team career with St. Mirren, as well as a loan spell with Alloa Athletic, before joining Ross County in 2018. During his spell with the club, Stewart scored 28 goals in 82 appearances leading to a switch to Sunderland.
With the Black Cats, Stewart has netted 40 goals in 80 matches but has missed the majority of the previous campaign through injury. He’s also earned two caps for the Scottish national team so far but is yet to score.
A frustrating start
Sunderland have taken just four points from their opening four games and Tony Mowbray will be frustrated that his side haven’t got more. The club suffered defeats to Ipswich and Preston before beating Rotherham and drawing to Coventry.
The Black Cats host Southampton on Saturday in a fixture that is live on Sky Sports, which makes it more intriguing given the Saints are Stewart’s destination.
Che Adams replacement
Southampton forward Che Adams is in talks ahead of a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers before the deadline and Stewart is likely to be the replacement, to compete alongside Adam Armstrong.
Stewart is a very good striker at Championship level but has suffered a serious injury, which has halted his progression.
The forward would be a brilliant signing for Southampton and will massively strengthen their forward line. Sunderland will be missing out on a huge player but the fee will give them the opportunity to strengthen in other areas.