Journalist Josh Bunting has urged Sunderland not to sign former loanee Nathan Broadhead amid talk that he could be up for sale this January.
This season, however, he is on loan with Wigan Athletic, but parent club Everton may well be open to selling him permanently in the winter transfer window amid interest from Championship clubs, according to The Athletic.
It remains to be seen if Sunderland are one of those potential suitors, but Bunting feels it wouldn’t be a clever bit of business.
Indeed, he wrote on Twitter: “Don’t get me wrong, I like him, but he didn’t want to come back in the summer, so we shouldn’t chase him now. He did well last season and was a big part in getting us promoted, but we need to move on. We are going forward, not backwards. Leave him.”
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Interestingly enough, the Black Cats currently have another Everton loanee on their books at the moment leading the line in Ellis Simms. The 21-year-old has scored five league goals this season, too – which is one more than Broadhead in six few appearances.
With that in mind, manager Tony Mowbray may well prefer to put his faith in Simms for now and possibly even try and make that deal a permanent switch at some point in the future, as opposed to pushing for the man at Wigan right now.
What’s more, Sunderland were seemingly close to signing Broadhead last summer, but he snubbed the club in favour of a loan elsewhere – which may suggest he wouldn’t be too keen on a return to Wearside anyway.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see where he ends up if a move does happen this winter.