- Ross Stewart’s move from Sunderland to Southampton reportedly fell through at the last minute due to concerns over his injury record.
- The striker showed promise with ten goals in 13 games last season, but his injury-prone nature is believed to have made Southampton wary of the move.
- However, a new report has revealed that the move to take Stewart to Southampton is back on track.
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Another critical update has emerged with the departure of Ross Stewart from Sunderland.
Following major developments last night, it was initially reported earlier today that the deal has since been canceled by Southampton.
However, a new update has just come out informing that the deal is back…
Ross Stewart transfer from Sunderland to Southampton
Ross Stewart has been linked with a completely uncertain future at Sunderland throughout the summer.
The striker scored ten goals in 13 games amid an injury-plagued season last time out and his contract was set to expire at the end of this campaign.
Sunderland had exercised the option to renew his terms for a further year, an activation which was inserted into the two-and-a-half year contract he signed upon his move south of the border from Ross County in 2021 .
However, this contract has its pitfalls and Stewart has consistently reiterated his lack of desire to sign for a longer period, pushing Sunderland into a corner and leaving them facing a difficult decision.
Stewart was also subject to a large degree of transfer interest throughout the summer and Sunderland were faced with the difficult decision of whether to act on this interest and sanction a sale which would turn a profit on the attacker while eliminating the risk of losing him for free in the end. of next season.
But a deal was eventually agreed with Southampton, worth an initial £8million, plus a further £2million in guaranteed add-ons, as reported Keith Downie of Sky Sports.
Downie also revealed that Stewart traveled to the south coast to undergo a medical alongside Russell Martin
Latest news on Ross Stewart’s transfer from Sunderland to Southampton
According to Football InsiderStewart’s move to Southampton was halted after the club decided to end his interest due to his injury.
The striker is currently nursing an Achilles injury sustained in January, from which he has yet to recover.
It was reported that this sparked a significant knock-on effect at St Mary’s Stadium, with the report also revealing that Che Adams was now set to stay with the club.
Adams himself had been heavily linked with a move elsewhere and the report stated that Everton, Bournemouth and Wolves had all expressed interest.
However, a last minute update from Athletic’s Michael Walker clarified that Stewart is still joining Southampton.
What does Ross Stewart’s move to Southampton mean for Sunderland?
Simply put, Sunderland must replace Stewart before the 11pm deadline tonight.
They now have the money to do so and will need a player of his goal-scoring ability to lead the line if they are to recover from a slow start to proceedings this time around and challenge at new for promotion to the Premier League.
There is no doubt that the latest update will come as a further blow to some of Sunderland’s more optimistic supporters who will have once again harbored hopes that Stewart remains on Wearside.