Niall Quinn approached by consortium but Sunderland takeover still some way off

A general view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light

Niall Quinn approached by consortium but Sunderland takeover still some way off

The games come in the shadow of speculation of a Niall Quinn return, with the rumour mill putting Sunderland fans in a spin on social media.

Sky Sports News understands that contrary to reports elsewhere Quinn has not held talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short or chief executive Martin Bain, and has no interest in returning to football at that level.

American billionaire Short, who bought the club from an Irish consortium in 2009, is willing to offload it on the cheap.

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The BBC are reporting that the 51-year-old is fronting a consortium backed by two unnamed businessmen from Ireland and the north-east of England.

Should the Sunderland manager suffer relegation and seriously consider his future at the Stadium of Light in the coming months, he would do well to note that his stock may well have fallen over the course of the season.

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Short has said publicly that he would be interested in selling the club, and he is believed to be looking for around £50 million.

There is still uncertainty as to the situation the consortium would be operating in, with Sunderland facing relegation from the Championship. Sunderland now sit rock bottom of England's second tier, five points from safety with eight games left to play.

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