Sunderland’s bid to take Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty on loan until the end of the season could be in doubt, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.
Earlier on Monday, Football Insider reported that the Black Cats were all set to open a fresh round of negotiations with the Gers in an effort to tie up a deal for the 23-year-old.
But despite their readiness to complete a move for the Scot, Downie has claimed that Phil Parkinson’s men have hit a stumbling block.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, he said: “Hearing that Sunderland’s loan move for Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is in doubt”.
Hearing that Sunderland’s loan move for Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is in doubt #SAFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 20, 2020
What does this mean for Docherty?
Honestly, it’s hard to say.
Downie is a reputable source with a close working knowledge of the north east football landscape, so if he says the deal is in doubt, then it could well be in doubt.
That being said, it was only a few hours ago when everything seemed to be going swimmingly.
Even Shrewsbury Town chief executive Barry Caldwell, who signed Docherty last season and tried to again this month, has told the Scottish Sun that he believes the Stadium of Light is the player’s most likely destination.
But, of course, there is that report from Football Insider suggesting that talks were due to go ahead this morning, and there’s no saying that something hasn’t been derailed during that round of negotiations.
If that is the case, you have to worry for Docherty, because it’s hard to see him getting a better move than this in the coming weeks.