Peterborough United winger Marcus Maddison is ‘desperate’ to join his boyhood club Sunderland, according to the Chronicle, but his £2.5 million release-clause means a deal is not expected to happen before the transfer window slams shut today.
Durham born and a former Black Cats youngster, it is no secret that Maddison’s allegiances lie with the club in red and white and he offered a timely reminder of his qualities to the men from Wearside on Saturday.
Maddison scored twice as Peterborough thrashed Jack Ross’s side 3-0 at London Road, including a trademark 30-yard free-kick.
“Scoring goals is massive and Sunderland football club is where I started,” Maddison told the Posh’s official website after the game. “Without them I wouldn’t be a footballer today. It is nice to score against my old team, so I was buzzing.”
The Chronicle points out that, while Maddison is dreaming of a return to where it all began, Sunderland are very unlikely to sign League One’s most explosive attacker before the 5:00pm transfer deadline.
Yet with Sunderland lacking creativity beyond Aiden McGeady and the enigmatic Chris Maguire, it would certainly be £2.5 million well spent.
But with just 12 months left on his Peterborough contract, you can expect the North East giants to step up any interest a year from now.
Head of football operations Richard Hill suggested to Roker Report last week that Sunderland would look to make Maddison’s dream move a reality once his contract expires.
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