SAFC have actually spent some money on a player, which suggests that the takeover is very close. In fact, there are suggestions that the £300,000 fee we paid to Ross County for Ross Stewart was fronted by Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

Stewart said: “I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. When the opportunity came to come to Sunderland, I just wanted to get it done as soon as I could. I will give one hundred percent in every game; I’m a very committed and hard-working player, and as a striker, hopefully I can bring a lot of goals to the club as well.”

Lee Johnson added: “I think Ross is a player that will be great for us in the short term, but he can also develop and improve over the long term. He’s at a good age, he’s very fit and quick, and he obviously has good height as well, so he has all attributes to succeed. We are very pleased to welcome him to the club.”