A Sunderland side with barely two pennies to rub together weren’t exactly negotiating from a position of strength when attempting to land Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth in the summer.
According to The Chronicle, The Cherries failed to find a buyer for their out-of-favour striker and eventually just loaned him to Sunderland instead. The Black Cats did not pay a loan fee and are only contributing a third of his wages.
And it appears that they are powerless to prevent Grabban leaving in January, halfway through his year-long spell at the Stadium of Light.
TEAMtalk report that Bournemouth could exercise the re-call option in the 29-year-old’s contract and sell him to Championship leaders Wolves. Grabban has scored 10 goals in 14 games for a struggling Sunderland side this season and it appears that Wolves see him as the final piece in their promotion chasing jigsaw.
But the prospect of losing one of their few bright sparks does not even bare thinking about for Sunderland supporters.
No one else in Chris Coleman’s squad has hit the net more than four times this season – and the departure of Grabban would make the new manager’s desire to drag Sunderland out of the relegation zone even harder in the second half of the season.
More bad transfer negotiations by the club— Michael Napier (@micknapiersafc) November 28, 2017
He’s a player they can’t afford to lose. Short would need to loosen those purse strings— Lee Barker (@LBarks72) November 28, 2017
Have to pull out all the stops to sign permanently in January if the option (& cash) is there. Also have to go on a good run of results to make him want to stay.— Stu Tench (@tenchylad) November 28, 2017
Absolutely need to keep him— MrWishyWashy (@MrWishyWashy) November 28, 2017
I'm going to stop saying our luck is about to change.— Paul Noble (@Nobbysafc) November 28, 2017
It'll be a blow but we have January to bring in a replacement. Josh Maja and Joel Asoro will flourish under cookie also. Got to keep the faith and know we will survive!— Jack Campbell (@JackCam84882342) November 28, 2017
Disappointing if he goes but he's getting noticed as he scores most games hopefully we can hang on to him until end of season— alan mcguinness (@alanmcguinness9) November 28, 2017