Honeyman Gone

Well, we have accepted a £400,000 bid from Hull City for George Honeyman. The midfielder, who has one year left on his contract, will travel to Humberside today to undergo a medical.

In other news, Elliot Embleton has been chatting about the reasons he signed a new deal at Sunderland and his hopes for the season ahead. “All I wanted was an opportunity to play. I spoke to the manager and things were positive so I cracked on and signed. I played 30 games at Grimsby last season and it's men's football, it's in the league and it prepares you for coming back to Sunderland, then pushing on for the new season. I want to be playing at my age and there is a little bit of pressure there but I'm just enjoying playing football and it's what you've got to do. I've seen players like Pickford and Henderson come through and gone on to bigger things. The fans love the local lads. George Honeyman is captain and they seem to love it. I came back this summer wanting to show the manager exactly what I can do and so far I think I've done that. The season starts next week so hopefully I've done enough. I'm a forward-thinking player and if I can get on the half-turn in that position and create chances, that's what I'm in the team for. I want to get on the front foot and try and score as well. We have been solid at the back in pre-season. Even on Saturday against Heerenveen they must have had maybe one good chance if that and the goal they scored was from about 30 yards out. We are creating, we've just got to find the killer touch and put our chances away. If we do, it will take care of itself. There will be thousands more at the Stadium of Light for the Oxford game but we try to treat every game the same and get out of pre-season what we need to get out of it. he season starts on Saturday so we treated Heerenveen as a proper game. We didn't win but there were a lot of positives to take from it. There's been a togetherness and we've been quite solid at the back. We've been creating chances but the thing to improve on is just the finishing.”