Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cats Set to Strike a Deal for Proctor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cats Set to Strike a Deal for Proctor

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Byline: By James Hunter

Michael Proctor could be facing a future away from the Stadium of Light after an un-named Nationwide League club expressed an interest in the homegrown striker.

Proctor was due to play for the reserves against Leeds at Durham last night but was withdrawn from the squad at the last minute, apparently to avoid the risk of him picking up an injury.

The 23-year-old is the reserves' leading scorer this season with 13 goals but he has made just four first-team starts in the league, scoring one goal in the process.

He has been watched by a number of clubs, including Burnley, Bradford City, Rotherham and Nottingham Forest.

It would appear Mick McCarthy views Proctor as his fourth-choice striker, behind Marcus Stewart, Kevin Kyle and Tommy Smith in the pecking order and is prepared to let him go.

If Proctor does leave, McCarthy will be keen to bring in another striker because three frontmen would not be enough as the Wearsiders step up their push for promotion.

Sunderland missed out on Huddersfield Town's Jon Stead earlier this week - he signed for Blackburn Rovers - but they have also been linked with Burnley's Robbie Blake and Swindon's Sam Parkin.

NSUNDERLAND'S FA Cup fifth round tie against Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light a week on Saturday will be screened live on the BBC, with kick-off at 5.35.

The BBC were waiting on the outcome of last night's fourth round replay between Fulham and Everton, with the intention of screening Everton v West Ham if the Toffeemen had won.

Fulham's victory meant it was not possible to show Fulham v West Ham due to policing difficulties in London for tea-time games.

Sunderland's game will now be screened instead, netting the club an extra pounds 265,000 in TV money.

The tie will be preceded by a two-minute silence in honour of Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup-winning manager Bob Stokoe, who died on Sunday aged 73, and the club have also asked the FA if they can have the trophy at the ground for the tie as a further tribute. …

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