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.
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.
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.