Phil Parkinson explains Sunderland striker situation following Will Grigg and Marc McNulty reports

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson says he doesn’t want to lose any of his strikers in January – yet a deal could happen if the right offer is made.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 1:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 1:26 pm
Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson doesn't want any of his striker to leave the club this month.

Black Cats frontman Will Grigg has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light, while there have been suggestions that Marc McNulty could be recalled by parent club Reading.

Sunderland have brought in Kyle Lafferty from Rangers this month, with the 32-year-old providing competition for first-choice striker Charlie Wyke.

When asked if anyone could leave before the end of the transfer window, Parkinson said: “I don't really want to lose anybody because I think we need all the firepower we've got at the moment.

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“We have got good competition for places. Kyle has come in and has a bit of work to do fitness wise but he's getting there and gives us another option.”

Parkinson still hopes the club can make more signings before the end of the month following the arrival of Bailey Wright from Bristol City.

With just over a week to go until the end of the transfer window, Sunderland’s main focus is on bringing players in, rather than allowing players to leave.

“The chairman hasn’t really spoken to me about players going out, he wants us to concentrate on making sure the squad is strong,” added Parkinson.

“If as the window goes on and someone falls down the pecking order even more and we feel there’s a right move for us and them then we’ll consider it.

“At the moment we want to keep everyone who is here.”