His form certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed with both Middlesbrough and Glasgow giants Rangers said to hold an interest in the striker, although they would have to cough up a huge fee of around £10 million, according to reports.
Despite this price tag, Copley still isn’t 100% convinced that Stewart will still be a Sunderland player come February 1st.
Will Stewart leave next month?
He said: (28:45) “It is a possibility that Ross Stewart could leave Sunderland in the January window. I don’t think he would, but that’s certainly one to keep an eye on as well.”
TIF Thoughts on Stewart’s future…
It would likely take a club to stump up pretty much the entire £10 million upfront for Sunderland to even consider losing the man that’s been their main source of goals for a season and a half now so they could sufficiently replace him.
While the Black Cats do indeed have Ellis Simms waiting in the wings, and he did a good job while Stewart was absent, his goal record simply isn’t anywhere near the Scotland international’s with Simms boasting just 7 goals in 17 appearances this season.
Therefore, Sunderland will very likely be rejecting all approaches for Stewart unless a crazy offer comes in that they can’t refuse as it would allow Tony Mowbray to improve his whole squad for the second half of the season.