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Sammie Szmodics had little interest in a move to Sunderland as Peterborough United completed the signing of the Bristol City man on a permanent deal, according to reports.

The Black Cats have been crying out for a true goalscoring midfielder as long as we can remember.

And, when it became clear Szmodics was available after a disappointing debut season at Bristol City, it was no surprise to learn Phil Parkinson’s promotion-chasing side had thrown their hat into the ring.

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After all, the 24-year-old hit the net 15 times for boyhood club Colchester United in 2018/19.

He also rediscovered his form during a loan spell at Peterborough from January until July, with eight goals and assists in just ten games.

A day after Sunderland announced the return of Danny Graham, those celebrations will be a soured by the news Szmodics won’t be joining the Gateshead-born targetman at the Stadium of Light.

South Coast publication The News claims Sunderland were well down the midfielder’s list of priorities, behind League One promotion rivals Posh and Pompey.

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Bristol Live, meanwhile, added that Peterborough had made an improved offer of £1 million as they looked to bring Szmodics back to London Road on a permanent basis.

One that, as of lunchtime today, appears to have succeeded.

Darren Ferguson’s side have a wad of cash in their back pocket after selling top scorer Ivan Toney to Brentford, with a fraction of the windfall being used to secure Szmodics on a long-term contract.

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