By Danny Wright
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has confirmed that he is interested in signing West Ham flop Robert Snodgrass.
Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday were also said to be in pursuit of the 24-times Scotland international.
Keith Downie, a north east England reporter for Sky Sports, reported on Thursday that the Hammers attacker had been deemed as surplus to requirements by Slaven Bilic and has been shown the exit door, whether it be on a permanent deal or on loan.
Grayson, who worked alongside Snodgrass in his spell at Leeds, has now confirmed that he would like to have the attack-minded winger playing for him once again at the Stadium of Light.
However the Sunderland boss has indicated that the financial aspect of the deal could be something to worry about.
“I think when people like Snodgrass become available you’d be foolish not to consider it,” said Grayson in his pre-match press conference on Friday as shown on Sunderland’s official website.
“Again I think that would be a deal that would be dictated by finances.
“He’s a good footballer who I enjoyed working with at Leeds, would he be a good addition to Sunderland? Of course he would, he’s a good footballer.
“Can we do it? Who knows, but we might ask the question.”
Football Insider Verdict
Snodgrass never really got much of a chance to shine at the London Stadium and although he was on fire for Hull in the first half of the campaign, he wasn’t able to replicate it in London. Most of the Hammers’ signings from last season flopped, but it was surprising for Snodgrass to have not done well there. You’d expect it from players like Sofiane Feghouli, but the a player who is very experienced in English football and was already in a purple patch of form. Sunderland would be getting themselves a player who could help them return to the Premier League if they get the Scotland international. However if interest comes from one of the top-flight sides, it might be hard for Grayson to reunite with him.