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Stuart Jamieson

Sunderland transfer gossip as Black Cats linked with Celtic striker

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

Black Cats head coach Lee Johnson is on the lookout for forward players after losing last season's top goalscorer Charlie Wyke on a free transfer this summer.

Johnson admitted after Saturday's 2-0 friendly victory over Hearts that the Wearsiders had plenty more work to do in the transfer market this summer, with the new season just over three weeks away.

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And reports today have linked Sunderland with a move for the 30-year-old Hoops star.

The Sun report that the Black Cats are monitoring Griffiths's situated with Celtic, with new manager Ange Postecoglou still to decide what to do with the striker.

He was cleared by police after allegations he sent inappropriate messages to two schoolgirls, with the club also holding their own investigation as he was sent home from their pre-season training camp in Wales.

Speaking about Griffiths, Postecoglou said he hadn't given his future much thought.

He said: “You know how much time I have spent thinking about that? You’ve asked me and I’ve just thought about it. We’ll let it run its course and once it’s done and we get back up to Scotland then we’ll deal with it then. I’ve not spoken to him."

Johnson said this weekend that he was still hoping to add new signings to the three he has already made this summer.

"We've got a bit to do, no doubt about it," he said. "It has been a tough market and I think we've done exceptionally well with what we've done.

"You say we've made three signings but I 100 per cent see it as five with McGeady and O'Nien, because they were in the open market.

"But we still have a lot of work to do, we know that."

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