EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland ready to bring back former favourite

Sunderland are looking to bring midfielder Grant Leadbitter back to the club this summer, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.

The 32-year-old is surplus to Tony Pulis’ requirements at Middlesbrough, and he is now considering his options.

A host of Championship clubs are keen on landing him, but the chance to return to his beloved Black Cats could swing his decision.

Boro are ready to let him leave for a minimal fee, and would also need to cover some of his wages to enable League One Sunderland to do the deal.