AFC Wimbledon boss Johnnie Jackson has warned Sunderland that Jack Rudoni will not leave on the cheap after the Championship newcomers had a bid in the region of £1 million rejected, as reported by London News Online.
One of the few bright sparks in a dismal season for The Dons, it seems highly unlikely that Rudoni will be making those perfectly timed penalty-box bursts in the fourth tier of English football next season.
Despite the 21-year-old’s 12 goals from midfield, Wimbledon finished 37th after a remarkable 26-game winless run.
And, according to The Sun, Rudoni has plenty of admirers at clubs far higher up the footballing pyramid. Huddersfield Town, Bristol City and Sunderland have all seen bids of above £1 million rejected.
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“We ain’t in the business of selling our best young players,” says Jackson, who takes over at Plough Lane after a spell in charge of Charlton Athletic.
“We understand that everyone has got a valuation. But it would take something substantial – and I mean substantial – to come in. Then we’d consider (selling).
“But, if not, then we won’t look to sell.”
Sunderland are yet to bring in a single new face since beating Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play-off final at Wembley last month. The Black Cats are prioritising a central defender with Bailey Wright out of contract. Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton is one option, with Dan Ballard of Arsenal another.
Ballard remains on the market, after a move to Burnley fell through over the weekend. A goalkeeper to compete with youngster Anthony Patterson is also a must, with leading target John Ruddy now on Nottingham Forest’s radar.
Alex Neil’s Black Cats begin the new Championship campaign at home to Coventry City in just over a months’ time. At least star striker Ross Stewart looks likely to stay, with Rangers now looking elsewhere.