Sunderland, Oxford United and MK Dons on red alert as midfielder told he can leave in January

Sunderland-linked Liam Kelly has been told he can leave Feyenoord after just six months, according to reports in Holland.

Liam Kelly in action during his Reading days.
Liam Kelly in action during his Reading days.

The midfielder is out of favour at Feyenoord, managed by former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat.

Earlier this week the Black Cats were one of several clubs linked with a swoop for Kelly next month.

Sunderland are aiming to make up to five signings when the window opens, with Phil Parkinson looking to the transfer market to turn his and the club’s fortunes around.

The 24-year-old, who only joined the Dutch top flight side in the summer after a spell at Reading, is believed to be free to leave in January.

The Sun claimed that the Black Cats – as well as League One rivals Oxford United and MK Dons – are interested in a deal.

Kelly has featured just twice for Feyenoord this term and has found himself out of favour under Advocaat, after the ex-Sunderland chief succeeded Jaap Stam.

Reports in Holland state: “Stam's departure has not increased his chances of playing time.”

Now, the Rotterdam-based side are reportedly willing to cut their losses on the midfielder despite his current contract running until 2022.

Sunderland have a free weekend this week as a result of Bury being kicked out of the EFL.

Parkinson's side are next in action on Boxing Day when his former club Bolton Wanderers visit the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have slipped to 12th in League One in recent weeks and could drop even further this weekend with not being in action.