“Fits the criteria” – Carlton Palmer reacts as Sunderland eye transfer for 22-year-old winger

Sunderland may be back in the top six of the Championship after 16 games, but the club will still want to add to their roster in the next January transfer window.

The transfer window reopens in just six weeks, and head coach Tony Mowbray has already stated that work is being done to identify targets ahead of a period of potential reinforcement for the Wearsiders.

Peterborough United winger Kwame Poku appears to be on their radar, as well as that of a number of other Championship clubs.

The 22-year-old, who has one Ghana national team cap from 2021, is now blazing up League One for Posh, scoring six goals and assisting on another six.

Poku, who joined United from Colchester United in 2021, is part of a dangerous United attack in League One, and Sunderland is one of the clubs keeping an eye on him, according to TEAMtalk.

Poku, who leads the League One assists table, is also being scouted by Ipswich Town, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City, Stoke City, and Millwall, according to the source, so Sunderland would have competition for his services if they are serious about signing him.

Would Kwame Poku be a good signing for Sunderland?


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Ex-England international midfielder Carlton Palmer believes Poku would be a valuable addition to the Black Cats roster, and he certainly fits the type of player that the club has been signing since Kyril Louis-Dreyfus became an owner.

“Sunderland are also believed to be keen on signing Kwame Poku, potentially as a replacement for Jack Clarke in the January transfer window,” Palmer said when speaking to Football League World.

“Poku fits the criteria of Sunderland’s signing policy, still only 22 with seemingly a bright future ahead of him.

“Ipswich, who are another club looking to gain promotion, are said to be tracking Poku’s progress.

“The question mark is, can Poku make the step up to Championship football from League One? And the consensus is they believe he can.

“Whether or not he signs for any of these clubs and he could help them with their promotion push, only time will tell how he adapts to playing in the Championship as opposed to League One, but he would certainly be a good addition to all of the interested clubs.

Can Kwame Poku potentially replace Jack Clarke effectively at Sunderland?

Should Sunderland make a move for Poku, it may not be as a replacement for Clarke.

Clarke’s game consists of cutting in from the left side and onto his stronger right foot, while much of Poku’s action comes from the opposite flank, where he cuts in and makes things happen.

Poku may have been Patrick Roberts’ replacement if he had left in January, but his new contract indicates that he will be staying for the time being.

There’s nothing like healthy competition, and with Mowbray lacking obvious options on the right side, pursuing Poku could be a wise move.

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