Kevin Phillips has claimed Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover of Sunderland could be completed next week after he visited the club’s academy.

The Black Cats’ prospective new owner was in the stands for the midweek defeat away to Shrewsbury as his takeover bid continues to drag on.

The result at New Meadow was far from ideal for Lee Johnson’s side but the appearance of Louis-Dreyfus in the stands was cause for positivity among the Sunderland fanbase.

With the takeover still yet to be finalised, concerns about the deal are undoubtedly creeping into the minds of Sunderland fans who just want to know where the future of their club lies.

Phillips believes that the uncertainty off the pitch isn’t helping matters on the pitch as Sunderland’s inconsistent form continues.

Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “It’s been frustrating. Is he taking over, isn’t he taking over?

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“Has he given the green light for those loans and transfers in the window?

“There’s a lot of uncertainty. So if they can get it done and dusted in the next week that’s promising. 

“It’s promising that he’s been to the Academy of Light, that tells me that he’s there for one reason and one reason only, to get it sorted. 

“They can put that to bed and concentrate on getting it right on the pitch and at the minute it’s typical Sunderland. 

“It’s up and down, it’s as inconsistent as it has been for a long time. They need that consistency off the pitch and then transfer that onto the pitch.”

Johnson’s side have only won one of their last four League One games as the club continues to push for a playoff spot.

A positive takeover announcement would no doubt improve the mood at the club as the Black Cats look to make it out of England’s third tier at the third attempt.

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