Report: Sunderland stepping up bid for £200k right-back Jason Naismith

A general view shows the Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland Association Football Club, in Sunderland, northeast England, on April 2, 2013. New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio on...

Naismith is known to Sunderland's new manager, Jack Ross.

Jason Naismith of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

Sunderland are being credited with interest in Ross County right-back Jason Naismith.

The Sun on Sunday reports (June 10th, page 60) Sunderland are 'stepping up a bid' for Naismith, who played under the Mackems' new boss Jack Ross at St Mirren.

And it is claimed Ross is trying to move out players ahead of a £200,000 move for the 23-year-old.

Naismith impressed despite Ross County's relegation last season and has also attracted interest from Aberdeen, Burton Albion and Plymouth, according to the Daily Record.

And the Scottish newspaper suggests Sunderland may also face competition from two lower-end Championship sides to sign the former Scotland Under-21 international.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton shoots while under pressure from Billy Jones of Sunderland during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on...

Sunderland released their long-serving right-back Billy Jones last week, but still have Donald Love and Adam Matthews on the books in his position.

Naismith played under Ross for two months at St Mirren, before being prised away by his current employers.

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