Date: 6th July 2021 at 12:55pm
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Sunderland have been reacting to the latest news and rumours surrounding the football club as have been linked with former Premier League defender Lichaj.

Fans of the Black Cats turned to Twitter to respond to the transfer link which was posted by Sunderland journalist for The Chronicle, Matty Hewitt, who relayed claims that the club may be tempted to keep an eye on Lichaj’s situation, with the player now a free agent following his release from Fatih Karagümrük S.K in Turkey.

Over the weekend, journalist Alan Nixon had suggested that the Black Cats ‘may take a look’ at the former Aston Villa man.

Sunderland fans were quick to give their opinions on the news…

“Sorry but a 32 yr old free from some unknown Turkish club doesn’t inspire me”

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“Isn’t this just typical of #safc? How long have they known we need to sign full-backs? If these reports are true why has recruitment been left so late to just be ‘tempted to look’?. Surely these positions should already have been filled?”

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“Didn’t need a friendly to tell us that, just look at the squad list. Already feels like we’re fighting an uphill battle!”


“Given our current state don’t rule out L2 next season. Desperately need at least 8 in just to replace”

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“In desperate of players in general never mind full-backs.”


“Not a bad turn at this level.”

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Hewitt suggests that the decision to bring in Lichaj may have been made following Saturday’s friendly against Spennymoor Town, where the Black Cats drew 2-2 with the National League North side.

Lichaj went to Turkey after departing Hull following their relegation to League One but left after just a season and would now be available on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old American full-back has made 32 appearances in the Premier League during his career, playing for Aston Villa in the English top flight between 2010 and 2013 and would certainly bring experience to Lee Johnson’s side.