15 July 2024

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Ross Stewart’s £10

deadline day move ‘suits everyone’ says Southampton boss Russell Martin

Sunderland sold star striker Ross Stewart to Championship rivals Southampton on transfer deadline day

Southampton boss Russell Martin says Ross Stewart’s £10m deadline day move from Sunderland to the Saints ‘suits everyone’. The Scotland international striker joined the South Coast club late on Friday in a deal understood to be worth an initial £8m to Sunderland, with another £2m in add-ons.

Stewart was in the final year of his contract on Wearside and, with the Black Cats unable to match the wages he was being offered elsewhere, Sunderland’s hand was effectively forced as the 27-year-old could have left next summer for nothing. Stewart has been sidelined since January with a ruptured Achilles but is approaching a return to fitness and could be ready to start full training later this month.

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“I was delighted to get it done,” said Martin, following his side’s 5-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light yesterday. “I spoke to Ross late on Friday night and he was really pleased it had been done.

“He absolutely loved it up here, obviously he’s been injured for a while. With a year left [on his contract] and stuff, I think it just suits everyone really.

“I’m really delighted to get him in, he’s a great lad, a really good character and he is going to help us a lot. We just need to get him fit now and ready as quickly as possible. He’ll be a great addition for us.”

On deadline day itself, there was talk that Stewart’s injury was causing concerns over his medical but Martin says Southampton are ‘pretty confident’ there is no issue. He said: “The medical and sport science staff dealt with all that side of it, spoke to the surgeon and all of that kind of stuff.

“I think everyone is pretty confident that we can get him to the the place we need him to get to so he can contribute for us. Also, from our perspective we don’t need to rush him.

“We have three very capable number nines, Sekou Mara played wide for us here but he’s predominantly a nine. Then we have Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.

“We’ve got real competition so we don’t need to rush Ross back, we can just get him fit so that he stays on the pitch as much as possible for us.”

Stewart joined Sunderland from Ross County in January 2021, and he scored 26 goals to power the Black Cats to promotion from League One via the play-offs the following season. His first season in the Championship was severely disrupted by a thigh injury and then the ruptured Achilles, but he still scored ten goals in 13 league outings.

He left Wearside having scored 40 goals in 81 outings in all competitions.

“We’ve got real competition so we don’t need to rush Ross back, we can just get him fit so that he stays on the pitch as much as possible for us.”

Stewart joined Sunderland from Ross County in January 2021, and he scored 26 goals to power the Black Cats to promotion from League One via the play-offs the following season. His first season in the Championship was severely disrupted by a thigh injury and then the ruptured Achilles, but he still scored ten goals in 13 league outings.

He left Wearside having scored 40 goals in 81 outings in all competitions.

“We’ve got real competition so we don’t need to rush Ross back, we can just get him fit so that he stays on the pitch as much as possible for us.”

Stewart joined Sunderland from Ross County in January 2021, and he scored 26 goals to power the Black Cats to promotion from League One via the play-offs the following season. His first season in the Championship was severely disrupted by a thigh injury and then the ruptured Achilles, but he still scored ten goals in 13 league outings.

He left Wearside having scored 40 goals in 81 outings in all competitions.

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