Bobby Duncan’s surprise loan move to Sunderland is off, according to a report.
The Athletic, who last night claimed the Fiorentina man was heading to Wearside, now say Sunderland have pulled out of a loan deal for the young forward.
The 18-year-old former Liverpool striker had been expected to join the League One side one loan until the end of the season after positive talks.
However, Sunderland have decided not to proceed with the deal after a late change of heart from boss Phil Parkinson.
Duncan is also believed to have attracted interest from a number of other Football League clubs and now faces a race against time to secure a move elsewhere before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Apparently the teenager is desperate to secure regular first-team football after a frustrating spell in Italy.
Duncan left Liverpool last summer under a cloud and signed for Fiorentina for £1.8m.
Last summer Duncan’s agent Salif Rubie accused the club’s sporting director Michael Edwards of “mentally bullying” the young star.
The strongly-worded statement quite rightly angered the Liverpool faithful, with Jamie Carragher among those to have their say about the way Rubie tried to engineer a way out of Liverpool for his client.
Liverpool strongly denied the accusations made by Rubie, with the club otherwise choosing to keep a diplomatic silence over the player as his transfer to Fiorentina was eventually allowed to go through.
“What I’d say about Bobby is that we wish him well,” Inglethorpe told The Athletic.
“Look, not every player is necessarily going to want to wait and develop under us and we have to respect that.”