Portsmouth transfer update: Sunderland boss reveals why Blues deal for Denver Hume may be hard to strike

Lee Johnson has revealed it would take a substantial offer to prize Pompey-linked Denver Hume away from Sunderland this month.

By Sam Cox
Friday, 21st January 2022, 2:18 pm

But with the 25-year-old Black Cats Academy graduate penning a new contract at the Stadium of Light in the summer, a deal – according to Johnson – looks potentially hard to strike.

Johnson told The Northern Echo: ‘A contract for me is an important thing and you should stand up to it or somebody comes in and meets the terms of those contracts.

‘I think that’s what Kristjaan Speakman (sporting director) means more than anything.

‘Anything done, going out, is on our terms because we’ve got these players under contract and we’re no under financial restraints.

‘If we were to accept an offer, it would be because we believe we could use that money well either within the club or on other areas of the pitch.’

Despite negotiating fresh terms with the Wearsiders in pre-season, Hume has struggled for game time this season.

Denver Hume has made eight appearances for Sunderland this season. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

In total, he’s made eight appearances in all competitions under Johnson – a lack of action which has prompted speculation regarding the player’s future.

He continued: ‘Denver is in a situation where he’s under contract with us.

‘I think Denver would be disappointed in recent weeks. I know he’s keen to play in every minute of every game but that’s what you want.

‘Obviously, we had the whole saga over the summer with the contract, that was put to bed and I’ve been happy with Denver.

‘There has been issues in between that. Whether it be fitness, form, Covid, all those bits and bobs but at the same time Denver is in a really good place and ready to jump in at the drop of a hat.”

‘I think you’d consider anyone that wasn’t happy for whatever reason but it can’t be at the detriment of the first-team and Sunderland’s challenge to go and get promoted.

‘When you sign a contract, you sign a contract. Whether it’s my contract, your contract. I think sometimes in football, people forget about those contracts and this is definitely nothing to do with Denver.’

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