Stead set for exit door

12 October 2006 02:34
Striker Jonathan Stead could be heading for the Sunderland exit door after Black Cats boss Roy Keane admitted he would listen to loan offers for the player. Stead, a £1.8million signing from Blackburn last year, has failed to find his feet on Wearside and has scored just twice in 39 appearances. Since Keane took charge at the Stadium of Light he has drafted in former Manchester United team-mate Dwight Yorke and Ireland international colleague David Connolly, pushing Stead further down the pecking order. Keane admitted that out-of-favour striker Andy Welsh could also be heading in the same direction. "As much as I want to keep as many players as I can, I have got to be fair to players, and if it looks like they are not going to get a game over the next month or two, then they should go out and play," said Keane. "Jon Stead has been given permission to speak to a couple of clubs and it looks like Andy Welsh could be going to Leicester, so there are one or two things happening with players."

Source: ESA