Date: 24th July 2017 at 8:07am
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Tony Mowbray’s first choice goalkeeper at Blackburn hasn’t been publically revealed, he will almost certainly know privately, but losing Jason Steele probably wouldn’t be something the boss would want?

According to various reports, including though in Chronicle Live, Sunderland are looking into the prospect of taking the former Middlesbrough keeper, who of course played under Mowbray on Teesside, back to the Championship this summer.

Steele, 26, could become the shot-stopper Sunderland turn to having sold number one Jordan Pickford to Everton for £30m and second choice Vito Mannone to Reading this summer – a £500,000 deal has been rumoured?

Whereas Charlie Mulgrew has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.

It was a stop-start season for the Scottish international as Mulgrew, signed following his release by Scottish champions Celtic, was continually hampered by injury niggles. However, the versatile defender was famed for his powers of recovery, overcoming his setbacks rather rapidly.

Another player Mowbray wouldn’t want to lose but if Sheffield Wednesday made a solid £1m bid, as claimed by The72.co.uk, he could be offloaded? Either that or a Championship return could appeal to Mulgrew, 29.

Meanwhile, Mowbray, in the wake of interest in Blackburn players, has insisted he doesn’t have to sell.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: ‘It’s not easy, every day we are trying to stay strong as a football club knowing that we don’t want to sell our best players if we are to achieve our aims this season and have the best chance to achieve our aims.’

Adding: ‘Every decision will be made on merit. We are in a position where we don’t have to sell a footballer but if we do choose to sell one then it will be for reasons to give us funds to strengthen in other areas. I sit here relaxed about it but we have to strengthen and look for the right players.’

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