Black Cats accept striker bids
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland are set to sell Jon Stead and Chris Brown after accepting offers.
Sunderland are set to sell Jon Stead and Chris Brown after accepting offers for the strikers.
Stead has just returned to The Stadium of Light after scoring three goals in 17 appearances on loan at Derby County.
He had been keen to join The Rams permanently, but the promotion hopefuls are not the club to have a bid accepted by Sunderland.
Brown, who has netted three times in 16 outings this season, could also be on his way out after Roy Keane agreed to an offer from an unnamed club.
Keane confirmed Derby had a bid for Stead rejected last week and explained his reasons for accepting the two offers.
"Jon Stead and Chris Brown were last night given permission to speak to clubs and they are in talks as we speak," Keane told the club's official website.
"It's not Derby (for Stead). They made a bid last week which we turned down.
"Another club came on to me two nights ago, we've agreed a deal and I spoke to Jon last night. He's gone for talks and we'll see what happens.
"With us bringing in Carlos (Edwards), it will release Stephen Elliott to play up front. We have David Connolly, Daryl Murphy and now we've got Anthony Stokes, and we've also got Yorkie.
"I didn't want too many players going out on loan again, but we said that if one or two concrete offers came in, we'd consider them and then I would put it to the players."