By Kevin Phillips

31st Jul, 2021 | 1:45pm

Phillips urges Sunderland to sign O'Donnell after 'bidding' update via Nixon

Kevin Phillips has told Sunderland to switch their attention to Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell in their hunt for a new right-back.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Black Cats legend reacted to a fresh update in the club’s transfer hunt.

On July 28th July, transfer guru Alan Nixon claimed Sunderland are bidding for Nottingham Forest’s Jordan Gabriel over a move for O’Donnell.

Football League World first linked Sunderland with a move for O’Donnell on 28th July before cold water was poured on those claims.

O’Donnell earned plenty of praise for his performances at Euro 2020 with Scotland, especially for his efforts against England.

Phillips insists Sunderland should target O’Donnell as he would be a good signing on and off the pitch.

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“That’s a transfer that makes sense,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Of course they have Luke O’Nien but it looks like he’ll be playing centre-half again this season.

“They need that specialist right back and he was good against England at the Euros. He was unreal.

“He has that big game temperament and showed it in what was one of the biggest games at the Euros.

“He has that experience of playing for many clubs and I have no issues with him dropping into League One.

“I think he would be a very good signing for the club on the pitch and off it.”

The Daily Record (30 July) quoted Motherwell boss Graham Alexander as saying he “expects” plenty of talk regarding O’Donnell’s future this summer.

The Black Cats are yet to splash out this summer with Alex Pritchard, Corry Evans, Jacob Carney and Callum Doyle all arriving on free transfers.

In other news, big update on future of player who featured 22 times for Sunderland last term.