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Aberdeen grant Sunderland permission to speak to McInnes

McInnes looks set for Sunderland. Credit: PA

Aberdeen have announced that they have "reluctantly" granted permission to Sunderland to speak to their manager Derek McInnes.

The Black Cats have been targeting McInnes to replace David Moyes, who left in the wake of their relegation to the Championship last season.

The statement issued by the Scottish Premier League side read: "The club can confirm that early this afternoon Sunderland FC agreed to meet all the contractual obligations for both Derek McInnes and (assistant) Tony Docherty and they have, reluctantly, been granted permission to speak with both of them about the vacant managerial position at Sunderland.

"Aberdeen FC will be making no further comment at this moment in time."

Everton agree £30m fee for Sunderland's Pickford

Pickford looks set to join Everton. Credit: PA

Everton have agreed a fee with Sunderland for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to Press Association Sport.

The Black Cats have accepted an offer from the Merseyside club which could rise to £30million with various add-ons included in the package.

Pickford was one of the few bright spots as Sunderland were relegated last term and he is currently in Poland with England Under-21s.

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