Sunderland closing in on Derek McInnes after making formal approach to Aberdeen

Beth Cruz
June 14, 2017

Sunderland have made a formal approach for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

It is thought the Black Cats identified McInnes as their preferred candidate some time ago and the process may now move forward quickly after he returned from holiday.

The 45-year-old is now in charge of Aberdeen, who are seeking £1million of compensation from the Black Cats.

Talks are continuing between the two clubs, with McInnes due back in the country early next week, by which point Sunderland want to be in a position to confirm him as the successor to Moyes.

Aberdeen directors held a board meeting yesterday to discuss their manager's situation and Celtic's bid to sign winger Jonny Hayes.

McInnes has a release clause in his contract, which sources have confirmed to TEAMtalk is worth £1.2million. Assuming that this is met, McInnes, who has previously managed St Johnstone and Bristol City, will be allowed to speak about becoming the next manager of Sunderland.

Reports suggest Bain is interested in Aberdeen's Derek McInnes, who has been consistently linked with the Tyne and Wear club.

This season Aberdeen club have reached the Betfred Cup and William Hill Scottish Cup finals and finished second in the Premiership for the third season running.

He lasted just over a year in the south west and was sacked in January 2013 when they were bottom of the Championship, yet he has rebuilt his reputation at Pittodrie.

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