Exclusive: Phillips tips Sunderland to offload 28-yr-old & sign 'Fox in the box'

Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to sell Will Grigg this summer as the striker’s contract will be a substantial cost to the club in difficult financial circumstances.

The former Black Cat, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed Phil Parkinson needs to sign a “fox in the box” kind of striker but admitted they are difficult to find.

Grigg, 28, still has two years remaining on his contract at the Stadium of Light after he arrived for £3million from Wigan Athletic last summer.

However, the English centre-forward failed to make an impact on Wearside and Charlie Wyke was Parkinson’s first choice striker for the majority of the campaign.

Football Insider revealed that Rotherham United goalscorer Jerry Yates, who scored 14 goals last season while on loan at Swindon Town, has emerged as a target for the Black Cats.

When asked by Football Insider if a striker will the club’s priority in the upcoming transfer window, Phillips said: “It will be the priority for a lot of clubs! They are the people that get you promoted.

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“I am pretty sure Will Grigg will move on because of the finances of his contract.

“Charlie Wyke is good at what he does and Lafferty did well when he came in but you want somebody in there that is a poacher.

“They need that fox in the box but they are not easy to find. I would imagine that they will be looking to try and get someone who fits that mould.”

Phil Parkinson’s side missed out on the Play Offs and, therefore, promotion after League One clubs voted to curtail the season last week.

Final standings were deciphered on an unweighted points-per-game basis and the Black Cats finished eighth.

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