FRAIZER Campbell will become the latest fringe player to leave Sunderland as Martin O’Neill continues his plan to overhaul the first-team squad this month.
The striker’s long-anticipated move to Hull City is imminent, with the player’s own father yesterday admitting the 25-year-old would welcome a move to join Steve Bruce at the high-flying Championship side.
David Meyler secured his £1.5m move to Hull from the Black Cats on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after Ji Dong-Won left for Bundesliga outfit Augsburg on loan.
While Sunderland fans would prefer to see players joining their club, O’Neill is clearing out those players who were never going to feature to make room for what those supporters hope will be a flurry of transfers.
Former Everton star Tim Cahill, now at New York Red Bulls, could be set for a two-month loan move during the MLS break, while Paris-Saint Germain’s 6ft 3in striker Guillaume Hoarau has also been linked with Sunderland.
And the fact O’Neill is allowing players to leave indicates that he is planning to do a lot of business during this transfer window.
Campbell was a half-time substitute in Wednesday’s night’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool, but he has never convinced O’Neill that he could be a regular in a team that is desperate for goals.
The striker was Hull’s top scorer the last time they won promotion to the Premier League and, as his contract is up at the end of this season, Sunderland would at least get a small fee for a player whose career on Wearside has been blighted by injury – he has twice suffered long-term cruciate knee damage.
Campbell’s father, Keith, said: “Fraizer is aware of what Steve Bruce has said about being interested in signing him and he would definitely be interested in coming back to Hull.
“He is very impressed with the way they play and feels he would fit. He is also a big fan of Steve Bruce.
“The problem is it is difficult at present, as there has not been any approach as of yet that Sunderland have told us about.
“Martin O’Neill has not given any indication as to what may be going on, and he will be the key to whatever happens this month.
“He hasn’t been playing Fraizer as much as we would like, and he brought in Steven Fletcher, but he’s not saying anything about letting him go either. We will have to see what happens.”
Ahmed Elmohamady is another Sunderland player who is currently on loan with Hull, and who has little chance of a future at the Stadium of Light. O’Neill has one of the smallest senior squads in the Premier League and, while the players who have left or are about to leave were not going to play a significant part, they do need to be replaced because even with them Sunderland were short of numbers.