Black Cats in for Nugent

13 June 2007 12:59
Sunderland will reportedly win the race to land Preston North End's David Nugent after tabling a £6million bid for the England striker. Nugent is currently away on international duty with the England Under-21 side at the European Championship. But, rather than compete an expected move to Everton on his return from the Netherlands, the 22-year-old hot-shot is expected to move to the Stadium of Light. Earlier in the week, Sunderland boss Roy Keane completed the £3million signing of Greg Halford from Reading before revealing he was closing in on more summer transfer targets. "It's always nice to get the first one in, I have to say. Hopefully it's the first of many," he said. Preston chairman Derek Shaw also recently admitted that Nugent's days at Deepdale appeared to be numbered. "I'm very sure that one of the Premier League clubs will come in for Dave this summer, and we all know it is right for him to make the move," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. "But I would be very surprised if anything happened while the European Championships are going on. "I'm sure that Dave will want to be professional enough to play for England Under-21s without any disturbance and distractions. "So as far as this latest speculation is concerned, it is only that - speculation. "There's nothing new to report - when there is, we will let people know."

Source: ESA