Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Facing Wait in Chase for Nugent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Facing Wait in Chase for Nugent

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Roy Keane will have to bide his time as he strives to lure David Nugent to Sunderland after the in-demand striker insisted he will make no decision on his future for at least another month.

But Black Cats target Neil Lennon will this week open talks with those chasing his signature after indicating the time has come to start negotiating a transfer.

Keane has identified Nugent as a player he wants to spearhead the club's Premiership challenge next season, but he is not alone in coveting the 22-year-old. Several top-flight clubs are also interested in the England international, although Nugent (pictured right) is adamant he will wait until after the forthcoming European Under-21 Championships have finished before weighing up his options.

"Every time I pick up a paper, I'm linked with a different club," said the Preston North End forward last night. "I'm handling it all right because, to be honest, I've not had time to think about it. I've been playing football since the league season finished, and I'm going to be playing football all summer as well. So I'll have to think about it when I get back."

The Under-21 tournament will not finish until June 23 and Keane will spend the subsequent period pursuing other targets. The Black Cats boss has yet to make his first move in the transfer market, but Lennon's willingness to start talking could soon change that. The veteran midfielder's career at Celtic Park came to an end when he led Gordon Strachan's side to triumph in the Scottish Cup final at the weekend and a player who will return from Glasgow with 11 medals to his name is another big name in demand.

Crystal Palace are the latest club to register an interest in Lennon, although the 35-year-old is keen to taste Premiership action again following his seven-year spell in Scotland. …

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