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Sunderland hoping to gazump Championship rival to Leeds United signing

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Sunderland are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United centre back, Charlie Cresswell, this summer.

Alex Neil’s side are preparing for life back in the Championship in 2022/23, following promotion through the play-offs in League One.

Focus is currently on recruitment, with James Marshment of TEAMtalk outlining how they are keen on Leeds’ Cresswell.

Cresswell is currently in talks with Millwall over a loan move to London, but there’s hope at the Stadium of Light that the Black Cats can land the 19-year-old’s signature.

Cresswell has made seven appearances in Leeds’ first team so far in his career, five of which have come in the Premier League following his debut in the EFL Cup.

The England youth international started and impressed in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in late September, whilst all his other appearances for Leeds have come as a substitute in the Premier League.

Despite the impressive nature of his Premier League impact, Cresswell remains down the pecking order at Leeds, with Pascal Struijk, Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente all preferred ahead of him, along with the versatile Luke Ayling.

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The Verdict

It’s not hard to see why both Millwall and Sunderland want Cresswell. He’s a superb talent and Leeds have really high hopes for him. At this stage of his career, it’s all about him getting the game-time required.

You feel that’s what is likely going to sway his destination here.

Whoever of Millwall or Sunderland can offer Cresswell the right amount of minutes could well get the deal done.

That’s ultimately what Leeds are after, with every faith in Cresswell at Elland Road that he can return as a potential starter.

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