Sunderland have opened talks with Wolves as they look to sign attacker Ben Marshall, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [12:53pm] that Wolves’ Championship rivals are hoping to sign Marshall, 26, on loan, however it is understood that the West Midlands club would rather offload the former Blackburn ace on a permanent deal.
It is said that Wanderers are aiming to clear Marshall completely off their wage bill as he has barely played any football this season under manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
The former England Under-21s international has made just nine appearances in all competitions for the promotion favourites and has played just three minutes since October.
Marshall was a regular under Paul Lambert’s reign at Molineux last term but with the spate of new arrivals over the summer, the attack-minded winger has slipped well down the pecking order and now seems to be primed to leave the club this month.
Football Insider verdict
Marshall is a decent Championship player and would be a great signing for someone like Sunderland, who are struggling to keep their head above water at the opposite end of the table. A double relegation is unthinkable for the Black Cats but it is very much a possibility – much like Wolves found out for themselves. Marshall has bags of experience in the Championship with over 200 appearances in the second tier in his career. That is something that is definitely needed at the Stadium of Light, but it seems Chris Coleman may have to cave in an offer a permanent deal in order to get him.
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