HIBS’ out-of-contract midfielder Dylan McGeouch is wanted by new Sunderland boss Jack Ross.
Reports indicate the 25-year-old dynamo, who left Celtic in 2015, has already held talks with the newly-relegated English League One side.
Former St Mirren gaffer Ross, who quit the promoted Paisley club to take over at the Stadium of Light following the Black Cats’ successive relegations, is an admirer of McGeouch.
Club owner Stewart Donald revealed in an interview the Wearside outfit are close to signing six players and one of them is “a midfielder from Scotland”.
CRUNCH…Dylan McGeouch tackles Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong.
Easter Road manager Neil Lennon was hopeful the new Scotland international would sign a new contract after they made a £3,000-a-week offer, but they can’t match the financial clout of their English rivals.
It looked as though McGeouch was heading for Blackburn Rovers, but the move never materialised opening the way for Ross to make one of his first signings as he restructures the troubled club.
The player was also linked with a remarkable switch to Rangers as part of the Steven Gerrard revolution and other clubs who have been monitoring his situation include Aberdeen, Brentford, QPR and Fulham.