According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (30/6; page 59), Sunderland are set to demand £5 million for Jon McLaughlin as Millwall prepare to make a first bid for the goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old enjoyed a very impressive first year at the Stadium of Light after arriving on a free transfer from Hearts last summer. He made 55 appearances in all competitions and kept 16 clean sheets as Jack Ross' men came agonisingly close to sealing an immediate return to the Championship.
But while Sunderland will not be in the second tier next term, McLaughlin could be. The Sun on Sunday (30/6; page 59) reports that the Lions are plotting a £1 million offer for the stopper as Neil Harris looks to bolster his ranks.
However, the report adds that Sunderland are set to look for a fee of around five times that amount before they let McLaughlin go.
Are Sunderland having a Laugh asking for £5m?
As reported by Transfermarkt, McLaughlin is out of contract at the end of next season, so it would be a big surprise if any team were willing to meet Sunderland's asking price.
It would be a fantastic statement for the Black Cats to keep the keeper. He has proved to be a brilliant signing, and surely pricing him out of a move away could be an incredibly smart decision.
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