IT looks as though Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will be left disappointed in his loan pursuit of Celtic winger Lewis Morgan.
The Scotland international attacker had been linked with a six-month switch to the Pittodrie outfit, but Sunderland are about to hi-jack the deal.
Morgan, 22, had earlier interested his former St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross at the Wearside outfit, but the Dons appeared to be the more likely destination.
Hibs, before they suspended Neil Lennon on Friday, were also mentioned as possible suitors for the tricky raider.
Brendan Rodgers is eager for the youngster to get game time with the player starting only one game for the champions since he arrived in a £300,000 move from the Paisley side in the summer.
McInnes had spoken to Morgan and was hoping he could sell a move to Pittodrie on the success his Parkhead team-mate Ryan Christie.
The Dons gaffer is still interested in a deal to try and re-sign Jonny Hayes, who has also struggled for first team appearances since joining the Hoops.
Meanwhile, New York City have opened pre-contract talks with Gary Mackay-Steven and they could push for a deal to be completed before the MLS kicks off in March.