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Sunderland plotting move for Shrewsbury Town duo

Sunderland are plotting summer bids for Shrewsbury Town duo Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala.

Toto Nsiala (AMA)
Toto Nsiala (AMA)

The Shropshire Star understands that the pair have caught boss Chris Coleman’s eye after impressing in Town’s sensational rise to the top in League One.

Coleman was at Montgomery Waters Meadow to watch Shrewsbury’s win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, where midfielder Nolan and defender Nsiala played 90 minutes.

Interest continues to mount in talented midfield star Nolan, who has scored eight goals this season and shone in recent weeks.

Hurst insisted last week, as Championship outfits Sheffield United and Leeds were linked with Nolan, that interested parties would have to shell out big money to sign the midfielder.

Nolan, 25, signed a three-year deal after joining from Chesterfield last summer.

The Town boss added that the lengthy deal puts Shrews in a ‘win-win’ position.

Norwich are also believed to be keen on the No.20 while Ipswich were also in attendance at the Meadow on Saturday.

Former Everton youngster Nsiala was Hurst’s first signing after the boss arrived from Grimsby. The Congolese defender will have a year left to run on his two-and-a-half year deal this summer.

The popular stopper has played in every single minute of Town’s league campaign this season, racking up 48 appearances in total already this term.

Struggling Sunderland are rock bottom of the second tier and eight points adrift of safety. They are believed to be planning for life in League One.

Hurst said last week on his giant defender Nsiala: “He’s a young-ish man still. He always goes through that bit where he pretends he’s got cramp and that he’s tired, but that’s where it’s great where we’ve worked with him for numerous years and know his quirks.

“He’s an athlete. An excellent physical specimen and he should be able to play every game in my opinion.”

“He’s another that brings the physical side for us. Sads (Mat Sadler) compliments him in different ways and as a team we need that. Fingers crossed he can stay fit and continue that record.”

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