With talks having progressed since the weekend, Styles was left out of Barnsley’s squad for last night’s 1-0 win at Oxford United, with the Robins’ manager, Neill Collins, confirming after the game that a potential transfer was imminent.

“The club are in negotiations with another club,” confirmed Collins, who was a defender with Sunderland during his playing career.

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A versatile player who has filled a variety of midfield positions, Styles is typically found playing in a central area, covering defensive spaces as well as looking to push forward to join in attacks.

He was born in England to Hungarian grandparents, which is why he has played for Hungary. Styles was a youth player in Burnley’s academy but joined Bury after being released from the Clarets. In the summer of 2018, he joined Barnsley for £500,000 and has since made 145 senior appearances for the Oakwell club.

He has scored three goals in 20 League One appearances this season, and started Hungary’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Montenegro in November.

Sunderland have been short of a central midfielder all season with Corry Evans having been ruled out of the entire campaign after damaging his cruciate ligaments.

Both Tony Mowbray and Michael Beale have been forced to play Dan Neil alongside Pierre Ekwah in pretty much every game, with Jobe Bellingham the only real alternative for the central-midfield slots.