By Wayne Veysey

22nd Jul, 2020 | 12:13pm

Exclusive: Sunderland to announce new signing after breakthrough in talks

Sunderland are set to re-sign former Bristol City defender Bailey Wright permanently after a breakthrough in talks, Football Insider understands.

The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer after his contract at the Championship club expired.

Wright spent the second half of the 2019-20 season at Sunderland on loan and made a strong early impression before injury ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

The Black Cats have been working on a permanent deal for the defender and a source told Football Insider he has accepted their offer of a two-year contract.

The 24-times Australia international is now set to put pen to paper and the deal is expected to be announced shortly.

It is a major coup for cash-strapped Sunderland, who have been chasing the centre-back since last year.

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Football Insider revealed that week that Luton Town had made a move to sign Wright from City in the last window.

Phil Parkinson’s side can offer Wright the chance to play a leading role in a side challenging next season for promotion to the Championship.

The defender began his career at Preston North End before moving to Bristol City in January 2017.

He has extensive experience in both the Championship and League One.

In other news, Leeds United have made an approach to sign a Sunderland midfielder for 6-figure fee.

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