Sunderland Linked With £2.5 Million-Rated International

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Ireland international Alan Browne, as reported by the Northern Echo.

Black Cats boss Regis Le Bris is looking to catch up on lost time after his late appointment, and the former Preston man has fallen onto his radar. With over 400 appearances for Preston, almost 350 of those in the Championship, the midfielder offers the experience Sunderland needs in the middle of the park.

The 29-year-old opted not to sign a new deal at Deepdale and is looking for his second English club in ten years. Experience is something the young boss has already spoken openly about as he looks to avoid the slump the club suffered last season.

“We are thinking about one or two more experienced players, who know the Championship very well, for example, and have high standards when it comes to training,said Le Bris. “They can help dictate the way of playing and lead the team during the game.”

Browne is certainly experienced. He is valued at €3 million by Transfermarkt (£2.5 million), and he’s never been involved in a domestic transfer, having joined Preston from Cork City in 2014. Since then, he’s gone on to represent Ireland 35 times, scoring five goals, including three in 2022.

It’s reported that he has held talks with Sunderland and is also understood to have visited Wearside following his release from Preston at the end of last season.

The Black Cats are looking to make up for lost time after the protracted appointment of Le Bris. Following Michael Beale’s sacking last season, Mike Dodds took over as interim boss, winning just two of his 13 matches in charge. It was enough to see the club remain in the Championship, but a disappointing end to a season that had initially seen them touted as play-off candidates.

Le Bris was only appointed on July 1st after a drawn-out process which saw them seemingly miss out on their top targets. He’s now setting out to build a squad in double quick time, with a link to former Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood also emerging over the last couple of days.

Writer’s View

This is exactly the sort of signing you would want to see as a Sunderland fan. When Le Bris came in, there was a fear among some sections of the support that an endless stream of European players could arrive, not entirely aware of the challenges the Championship poses.

Instead, they’re targeting players who know exactly what it is all about. Browne is a Championship stalwart, who has probably played as many games as anyone in the division. He’s been effective for Preston throughout his time there and has a huge reputation for professionalism and application.

This is exactly the sort of signing you should ant to see if you’re a fan of the Black Cats.

 

 

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