Derby County miss out as Jordan Willis is reportedly set for Sunderland move

Jordan Willis of Coventry gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

Bristol City and Derby County were linked with Sunderland bound Jordan Willis.

Jordan Willis of Coventry gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

According to the Chronicle, Sunderland are to sign free agent Jordan Willis following his release from fellow League One club Coventry City this summer.

Willis departed the Sky Blues at the end of his contract. Coventry manager Mark Robins told the Coventry Telegraph last week he wanted a Championship switch amid interest from Derby County.

The Rams, however, have seemingly been beaten to his signature by Sunderland as manager Jack Ross is set to make the defender his third recruit of the summer at the Stadium of Light.

 

Willis came through the Coventry academy and went on to make more than 200 appearances for the club.

The 24-year-old defender captained Coventry to a safe mid-table position last season, and now he feels he can step up to the next level and Sunderland’s promotion ambition could allow him to do that.

But it comes as a surprise to see Derby not push ahead with a potential deal. The Rams are in need of central defenders, following the release of Alex Pearce and loan star Fikayo Tomori returning to Chelsea.

Damien McCrory of Burton Albion and Jordan Willis of Coventry City in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17,...

Right now, the Rams only have Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies as the only senior centre-backs on their books. Natural midfielder George Evans started their recent friendly in the US alongside Keogh in defence.

Willis could have been an ideal free transfer option to bolster their back line. Newly-appointed manager Phillip Cocu, however, may have his own targets in mind.

Jordan Willis of Coventry City during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Oxford United at The Ricoh Arena on March 23, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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