By Pete O'Rourke

31st Jan, 2020 | 2:18pm

Exclusive: Sunderland set sights on 28-yr-old from rivals to replace McGeady

Sunderland have set their sights on a late move for Fleetwood Town attacker Josh Morris, Football Insider understands.

The left-winger has put together a hugely impressive season so far for Joey Barton’s side, and has clearly done enough to draw the Black Cats’ attention.

A Sunderland source told Football Insider that the Wearside club see the 28-year-old as a natural replacement for Aiden McGeady.

The Republic of Ireland international sealed a loan move to Championship side Charlton Athletic on Friday.

Morris would appear to be an ideal replacement for McGeady, having scored nine times and provided five assists for the Cod Army this campaign.

His form has been a key reason behind Barton’s side presence in the 11th place spot in the League One table, six points behind fifth place Sunderland.

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The versatile Morris, who can also play as a central midfielder, spent two loan spells at Fleetwood earlier on in his career, before joining them permanently last summer.

The Black Cats are on a nine match unbeaten run in League One, having really turned a corner since the arrival of manager Phil Parkinson as Jack Ross’ successor in October.

The Sunderland boss clearly sees Morris as a key addition to help his side continue their promotion push. With McGeady’s wages off the books, it would be a surprise if the club didn’t reinforce the left wing on deadline day.

In other Sunderland news, Football Insider can reveal that they are in the driving seat to sign a Manchester United starlet.