Sunderland are in talks with Ross County over a potential deal for Ross Stewart – and he could be a “great” addition to the club, according to Kevin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend said signing the 24-year-old would be a “gamble”, but one that is worth taking for the price.

This site revealed on Friday that the Black Cats had a £120,000 bid rejected by Ross County for the striker.

The Daily Record reported yesterday that a £300,000 deal has been agreed between the two clubs, with the player set to finalise a medical and personal terms ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

Football Insider understands the prospective arrival of Stewart will allow Will Grigg to leave the club with Shrewsbury having agreed a deal in principle for the striker.

When asked if Stewart would be a welcome addition to the Stadium of Light, Phillips told Football Insider: “I would not be convinced by that signing.

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“I do not know a lot about the player, I have to confess.

“For me, I’d like them to get Nisbet but that would be very difficult because Jack Ross will not want to lose his best striker.

“Are you bringing a striker in to play alongside Charlie Wyke?

“Stewart would be a gamble but if he does not cost the earth, it could be a risk work raking. These deals can turn out to be great ones. Lee Johnson is a shrewd guy and he knows his stuff.”

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