Sunderland enter Roofe queue

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25 goals from Oxford United hotshot Kemar Roofe in the English League Two this season has been enough to attract interest from a string of English Championship and Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

Sunderland appear to be the latest club linked with Roofe last week, having scouted the 23-year-old attacking midfielder – although there has not been any contact between the two clubs for the ex-West Bromwich Albion trainee at this stage.

Roofe impressed in January’s English FA Cup third round upset against Swansea City, and Oxford insisted he was not for sale after Newcastle seemed ready to make their move.

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Sunderland’s possible relegation this season wouldn’t necessarily end their interest in Roofe, with Championship sides Hull City and Nottingham Forest seeing him as a realistic target.

However, Sunderland have put all plans over a concrete list of targets on hold until they know which division they will be playing in next season.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce said: “We can only talk about pencilling in of pre-season – where we’re going, where we’ll be training, what teams we’re going to play, when we’ll start back.

“That’s it. The rest of it is wait and see where we are.”

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