Sunderland have reportedly signed recently released 20-year-old Burnley striker Tinashe Chakwana.
According to The Herald of Zimbabwe and Facebook page ‘Zimbabwe Foreign Legion Official’ both claim that the young striker has signed for Sunderland – likely for the club’s under-23 development squad.
The Wigan-born Zimbabwean forward has been compared to Jermain Defoe by his former Burnley academy coach Jon Pepper:
He’s got a lot to offer. When he’s on his game, playing up there and down the middle, he really closes problems. He plays off the shoulder, comes short, gets it in to his feet, a little bit like Jermain Defoe. He can be a good finisher when he’s on it.
Midfielder explains Sunderland snub
League One rivals Portsmouth signed Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie on a season-long loan yesterday, with the South Coast club also having an option to purchase.
Speaking after sealing his move to Fratton Park, McCrorie revealed that Sunderland attempted to hijack the move at the last minute.
According to the 21-year-old, Sunderland made their move as he was set to undergo his medical with Pompey but the Scottish under-21 international had already decided that he was making the right move:
I became aware of the interest a couple of weeks ago along with a lot of other clubs.
Pompey was the one which stood out to me, though, after speaking to the manager.
Sunderland came in for me and wanted me to sign, but I just felt that Pompey was the right fit.
Sunderland came in when I was about to do a medical. They tried to sweep in and get things sorted, but I thought Pompey was the best fit.
We just missed out last season and there is a good group of players here who are going to be up there challenging.