Sunderland have received an official approach from Turkish side Sivasspor for midfielder Alex Pritchard, according to Sports Digitale reporter Ertan Suzgun.
Sunderland currently sit 7th in the Championship as things stand, level on points with 6th placed Coventry City. They will be looking to maintain their momentum and keep pace with the top six between now and the end of the season.
To accomplish this, they can try to bolster their team during the January transfer window. After taking over last month, Michael Beale will probably want to shape the team in his image, which raises the prospect of player sales.
Midfielder Pritchard is one such player who might be shown the way out before the window shuts. Although the 30-year-old has spent the last two and a half years at the Stadium of Light, teams in the Championship and abroad are showing interest in signing him. Journalist Suzgun now claims that Sivasspor, a Turkish team, has submitted the first formal proposal.
Where will he end up?
Pritchard has played in England his entire professional career. He began his career at Tottenham and has since had stints with Brentford, Swindon Town, Peterborough United, West Brom, Huddersfield Town, and currently Sunderland. It would therefore appear likely that he would rather carry on practicing his trade in England once more.
Of the clubs that have apparently expressed interest, Birmingham City appears to be a more likely destination. This might be a deal in the works in the upcoming weeks, given that Wayne Rooney has now been replaced at St Andrew’s by former Black Cats manager Tony Mowbray.
Yet given his full career has been spent in England, Pritchard could prefer a change of scenery. A move to Sivasspor could present the midfielder with an opportunity to play in Europe if they can break into the division’s top four. Therfore, this could certainly be a factor in him choosing his next club.