Sunderland unlikely to sign Garbutt

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has admitted they are now very unlikely to complete a deal for Town target Luke Garbutt.

Sunderland were seemingly in pole position to secure Garbutt’s signature, however due to the newly introduced salary cap, they appear to be admitting defeat in their bid to land the former Town loanee.

The salary cap, which was voted in last week, means that League One clubs are restricted to £2.5m a season to spend on wages, with Sunderland’s wage bill understood to be the highest in League One.

Any contract entered into on or prior to today’s vote will be treated as if they are earning the £113,000 per annum.

“We tried to get a couple of players in before Friday, but those deals didn’t go over the line,” Parkinson told Sunderland Echo.

“It was really the agents and the players’ decision on those ones. When you’re going for players that maybe have Championship interest as well, it can be difficult because you’re competing for those players. 

“We’ve had to change tack a little bit over the last couple of days, and reassess what we’re going to do.

“I’m still confident we’ll have a strong squad, but one or two players who maybe we thought we could have got last week are not in the market place for us now.”

Town have reportedly offered a contract to Luke Garbutt, but it would appear the 27-year-old could be destined for the Championship.

Paul Lambert is now looking at alternative options, with former Republic of Ireland and Premier League player Stephen Ward currently training with Town.

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