The Shields Gazette are reporting today that Sunderland are interested in two players who play for Dundalk in Ireland – one of which is one of Newcastle’s top targets – Daryl Horgan and the other is Andy Boyle.
Daryl has been linked with Newcastle a number of times in the last month or so and Newcastle scouts have been tracking the player this season according to the Chronicle and other sources.
Sunderland manager David Moyes will likely attempt to bring in quite a few players in the January transfer window, so he gives himself a decent chance of saving Sunderland from relegation.
Daryl Horgan – Sunderland very interested
Horgan was the PFAI Player of The Year this year and in 2014 he was PFAI Young Player of the Year, so he’s been outstanding in Ireland for quite a while now.
Daryl has been getting some significant headlines in Ireland this season for his outstanding play, particularly in the Europa League as well as in the League of Ireland.
Center-back Andy Boyle was brought into the Ireland squad along with Horgan by Martin O’Neil for the last International break.
That was for the World Cup qualifying game in Austria, which Ireland won 1-0, although neither player got any playing time.
Andy seems a little small these days at 5ft 10ins for a center-back, when they are often 6ft 2ins or taller – it’s those hamburgers.
The report is that Sunderland are very keen to sign both players, so if Newcastle are really interested in Horgan, hopefully we have already made contact and are even in negotiations with the player and his agent.
Daryl’s contract runs out next month and at that time he will become a free agent so he could be a bargain buy for Newcastle, although it’s always difficult to gauge whether a player can make the step up in class to the English leagues.
If it becomes a choice between Sunderland and Newcastle for Daryl, it will be interesting to see which club he thinks offers him the better future.
We expect Rafa Benitez to continue taking Newcastle forward and hopefully get us back to the Premier League this season.
For Sunderland, it’s not clear at the moment what will happen, although we think if Moyes is given the support he’s good enough and experienced enough to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
What do you think?