Transfer news: Portsmouth reportedly join Plymouth, Lincoln and Burton in hunt for released Rotherham winger as Blues target signs new deal at Sunderland

While Pompey were putting the finishing touches to their move for Marlon Pack on Wednesday, transfer news that relates to Danny Cowley’s side was happening elsewhere.

By Mark McMahon
Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 1:00 pm

However, fading hopes that the Blues could lure Sunderland wing-back Lynden Gooch to the south coast became ‘no hope’ after the American penned a new two-year deal with the Championship new boys.

Cowley had been linked with a move for the Stadium of Light youth product as his contract with the Wearsiders approached its expiry date.

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Early indications suggested the 26-year-old would be tempted to make the free transfer move.

Yet Gooch had a fan at Sunderland in new boss Alex Neil, who made him a mainstay in his side as the Black Cats earned League One promotion via the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Swansea emerged as strong contenders for his signature, which put Pompey further down the pecking order.

In the end, though, it was Neil who won the battle, convincing the American to extend his 16-year stay in the north east.

Mikel Miller has been linked with a move to Pompey Picture: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Pompey will continue to look to reinforce the right wing-back role Gooch has often been deployed in at the Stadium of Light following Mahlon Romeo’s return to Millwall and subsequent move to Cardiff.

There might also be a need to strengthen out on the left wing, if Ronan Curtis makes an expected Fratton Park exit this summer.

And according to our sister paper in Sheffield, Miller is an option Danny Cowley is exploring.

The Blues’ interest is reportedly not as advanced as others who are keen on the free agent.

Lynden Gooch has signed a new two-year deal at Sunderland

Plymouth, Fleetwood and Burton are all believed to have held talks with the 26-year-old, who was not offered a new deal by Millers boss Paul Warne at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Yet, the same report claims the versatile Miller would be keen on a move to Fratton Park, despite Lincoln and Cambridge also holding an interest in his services.

Miller had been with Rotherham since July 2020, after he moved to the New York Stadium from Hamilton on a free transfer.

He made 39 appearances for Rotherham, scoring four goals.

The Londoner was loaned out to Northampton over the second half of the 2020-21 season.

Meanwhile, hamstring issues hampered his progress over the second half of last term.

Nevertheless, he leaves the Millers with a League One promotion medal after 23 league appearances last season and a Papa John’s Trophy winner’s medal following Rotherham’s 4-2 extra-time win against Sutton United in April – a game Miller started.