Phillips: Sunderland tipped to sign striker and left-back as Vokins set to leave

Sunderland will target a new left back in the summer transfer window in a bid to replace Jake Vokins.

That’s according to Sunderland icon Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s summer transfer plans.

Vokins, 21, joined Sunderland in January on loan from Southampton but he has struggled to make an impact at the Stadium of Light.

Vokins has only started four League One games for Sunderland since his January move and he hasn’t featured in the club’s last five matchday squads.

Phillips claims the Black Cats will also sign a striker this summer but the left back position needs attention as Vokins is set to return to the south coast after failing to impress.

“I think there will be a lot of change in the summer and left-back will be a position that I am sure they will look at,” Phillips told Football Insider.

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“It is certainly an area that they need more options in. I think another striker might be signed, it depends who stays this summer.

“I am sure Lee Johnson will look to sign a left-back though because he addressed that position in the January window with Vokins but it doesn’t look like that move will be made permanent.”

Vokins has five senior appearances for Southampton to his name with one of those coming in the Premier League this season as he played 67 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

He is yet to complete a full game for his new side as it looks as though Lee Johnson has failed to plug the hole at left back with Callum McFadzean chosen to play on the left side of a back three in recent games.

In other news, Kevin Phillips has told Sunderland manager Lee Johnson to axe 27-yr-old against Wigan after a ‘big blow’.