By Kevin Phillips

9th Oct, 2021 | 8:47am

Sunderland have 'one eye' on signing Broadhead permanently after what Phillips has seen

Sunderland will be exploring the possibility of signing Nathan Broadhead permanently after his impressive start on Wearside, according to Kevin Phillips.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 23-year-old is the “young and exciting” type of player the Stadium of Light “has been crying out for”.  

Sunderland signed Broadhead on a season-long loan deal from Everton in August.

The striker has shone in his six appearances to date.

However, he has not featured this month after suffering a hamstring tear in the 5-0 thrashing of Cheltenham on 28th September.  

Broadhead’s contract at Goodison Park expires in June 2023. 

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When asked by Football Insider if the Welsh forward could have a long-term future on Wearside, Phillips said: “Sunderland will have one eye on signing him permanently.

“But, ultimately, this season is about getting promoted. I think they plan will be to get out of that league and then to reassess.

“The club will always be working on the ifs and the buts in the background. They will be weighing up who they will sign or not sign in the eventuality that they go up.

“Broadhead looks to have settled in really well though. He is young and exciting. The fans have been crying out for a player like him.

“If there was an opportunity for Sunderland to do something, I’m sure they would look at it. He’s at a good age and his best years are in front of him.

“It’s definitely possible that they try and get him in on a permanent deal.” 

In other news, Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Lee Johnson after star player’s Sunderland transfer admission.