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Sunderland Make Garbutt Formal Contract Offer
Friday, 7th Aug 2020 17:06

Sunderland are reported to have made a formal contract offer to former Blues loanee Luke Garbutt.

The 27-year-old is a free agent following his release by Everton at the end of June with the Blues keen to bring him back to Portman Road on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell in 2019/20.

The Black Cats’ interest in the Harrogate-born left-back emerged earlier in the week and now, according to the Northern Echo, they have formally offered a contract and are waiting to hear back from his representatives.

As previously reported, the Blues have continued to talk with Garbutt since the end of his loan, while other sides are also believed to be interested with Championship clubs having run the rule over him during his time at Portman Road.

It’s anticipated that Garbutt will make a decision on his future in the days to come.

Garbutt isn’t the only left-back on the Sunderland’s radar with former Manchester United full-back Demetri Mitchell, also a free agent, currently training with the Wearsiders.

It’s reported that manager Phil Parkinson is considering offering the 23-year-old a contract.

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martin587 added 17:14 - Aug 7

TractorRoyNo1 added 17:26 - Aug 7
And in other news, bears seen on way to the woods

ArnieM added 17:38 - Aug 7
So how come Sunderland can afford to stump up Garbutt wage demands ?

michaeldownunder added 17:54 - Aug 7
Closer to his home may have had a big sway in where he wanted to play next.

Saxonblue74 added 18:00 - Aug 7
So a player who isn't on ITFC books signs for a club who are not ITFC? There's a lot of that going on!

Saxonblue74 added 18:03 - Aug 7
.......and in similar fashion Keogh signs for MK Dons!

Karlosfandangal added 18:15 - Aug 7
I wonder if that might change now a wage cap comes in with immediate effect.
As long as they can afford the penalty.
Could be interesting if clubs pay players high wages and have a reduce squad, injuries could take there toll

herfie added 18:24 - Aug 7
Console ourselves with pay and/or location issues having an impact on LG’s final decision to sign elsewhere, but what seemed obvious from his previous comments is that we would be his choice of last resort. His loan period was mutually beneficial - but effectively putting himself in the shop window was probably his top priority, and who could blame him.

Sadly, we won’t - unless extremely lucky - be able to find another player of his quality at this level for the sort of money ME’s prepared to pay. And it’s quality we desperately need, if further, inevitable, decline is to be arrested. Finding crumbs of hope to cling to are increasingly thin on the ground around PR. Nothing I’ve heard this week from within the club changes that opinion.

planetblue_2011 added 18:42 - Aug 7
Just get your fxxxxxg wallet out Evans!! We’re gonna miss out again on another player🤦‍♂️

therein61 added 18:55 - Aug 7
This one is without doubt our loss he has gone to a fellow league 1 club (if it had been championship then no argument) he appeared to be settled here and we couldn't be bothered.

Murphys_Law added 19:34 - Aug 7
What on earth are they offering him one wonders? Allegedly he was on £27500 PW at Everton circa £1.4M per annum. With the cap structured around £1300 Per week thats some pay cut! I can’t see him playing in L1 it’s odds on that he’ll play in the Championship

ringwoodblue added 19:53 - Aug 7
Can’t blame Luke but this is a massive kick in the teeth especially if he scores or assists goals against us next season playing for a major rival. Booger!


Linkboy13 added 19:59 - Aug 7
Can't see why he wants to join Sunderland apart from being a bigger club with big support and with more potential of getting promoted and nearer to his home strange that.

peteswindon added 20:30 - Aug 7
Lets do as we always do offer him £10 a week and a packet of crisps then when he signs for someone else we can say how we made him a great offer but he decided to go elsewhere. Ipswich your a fu*king joke. I am getting the the point I am ashamed to tell people who I support.

aas1010 added 00:54 - Aug 8
Well find another target for another team , same old story with us lately 🤔

dirtydingusmagee added 09:31 - Aug 8
we will always be in the ''also ran's] the club is in decline . When was the last time anyone was honestly exited be anything at ITFC , ?

rdibble added 10:04 - Aug 8
We didn’t want him anyway 😪😪😪😪

stiffy501 added 10:44 - Aug 8
Looked good at start of season but looked pretty ordinary when the slide set in, why not try get the lad from Colchester Cohen Bramell got a lot of good reviews last season

62WasBest added 13:04 - Aug 8
Seems to me that the wage caps means that clubs are likely to field younger, home-grown teams. Maybe we can use that to our advantage.

blues1 added 13:22 - Aug 8
Therein61. And theres the perfect example of some1 who reads the headline and nothing of the story, and comments based on that headline. For1, he hasnt signed for anyone. Hes been made an offer. And very likely wont be the only 9ne hes made. Then you say we dont bother. If ud read the story ud have seen weve been talking to him ever since our season finished. And no, we may not be able to afford him. Tho if we cant, I dont see how sunderland can with their financial issues. Of course, he may be willing to settle for less to go there as it's closer to home. Personally, I'd rather we went for the colchester left back anyway. After a decent start, I dont think Garbutt was that much better than anyone else.

runningout added 14:27 - Aug 8
I must be the only one NOT wowed by Luke Garbutt. First half of season was ok. We could do with more good free kick takers, hungry with plenty of arrogance. Not sure Paul Lambert is an attraction as a manager. Comes across droll ‘Burley like’ in interviews. Hope I’m wrong but his recent record is portraying him in a certain light and it’s not great. H must be aware of this!! ITFC are known for giving managers a fair crack of the whip. Concerns me slightly that NONE of our past managers are in management jobs now. Going back quite a way. Only one likely to get a job in management is MM.

ringwoodblue added 19:11 - Aug 8
Cmon Pete from Swindon. No matter how bad it gets and how low we drop, always be proud to be a Town fan. I know I am.

oldegold added 22:19 - Aug 8
Send a message of intent Evans and show us long suffering fans that you really want to get out of this f*****g division...sign him and now

Linkboy13 added 11:25 - Aug 9
Danny Graham isn't that George Graham's dad . If the club are thinking of signing him might as well gone for Daryl Murphy. Sounds like we are building for league two especially if we lose Downes and Wolfenden.

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