Report: Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore wanted by Oldham

Oldham boss Darren Kelly is keen on signing Watmore, who has made one appearance for Sunderland.

Watmore, a 21-year-old striker, has made just one appearance for Sunderland, but a report in the Northern Echo claims that Oldham boss Darren Kelly is keen to sign him this summer.

Kelly worked with Watmore as academy coach at the Stadium of Light, and he is quoted in the article as believing the youngster deserves to be playing first-team football for the Black Cats.

The current Oldham boss said: “I think he’s absolutely fantastic. He should be playing first-team football at Sunderland, I believe”

However, Watmore has played just one game for the Wearside outfit, despite being a consistent goalscorer at Under-21 level.

He scored his sixth goal in his last six reserve games on Monday night as the Black Cats defeated Chelsea 1-0, but his only senior appearance was more than a year ago, as he came on as a substitute in an FA Cup victory over Carlisle in January 2014. This season he has netted 14 goals for the Under-21 side, impressing in may of his youth outings.

It is a surprise that he has not featured more this term, with the Premier League strugglers failing to find the back of the net and in need of a consistent goalscorer, and his lack of game time has increased Oldham’s interest.

The League One club are keen on signing him this summer, and any deal will likely hinge on the guarantees of playing time that Watmore receives from Sunderland ahead of the new campaign.

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