Leeds United is reportedly interested in Sunderland’s Trai Hume, who received the Northern Ireland Player of the Year title for 2023 after excelling for both club and country over the previous 12 months.
Hume, 21, signed with Sunderland in January 2022 and made just 37 appearances prior to the 2023–24 season commencing. However, the Northern Ireland player has made 24 appearances for the Black Cats this season.
In addition to his increased playing time and performance with Sunderland—he has started every one of the Wearside club’s 24 Championship games this season—he has already earned ten caps for Northern Ireland.
Out of the ten caps, eight came in 2023. a player who, back in September, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill revealed he had attempted to sign while he was in charge at Stoke City and had called “brilliant.”
Hume is reportedly being pursued by Burnley, Leeds, and Leicester ahead of the January transfer window. Recently, Carlton Palmer expressed interest in Hume and urged Sunderland to retain him for the upcoming month.
After Leeds announces that Trai Hume has been the greatest right-sided defender in the Championship this season—or at least in the conversation—Hume receives the Northern Ireland Player of the Year award. Going forward, Leeds might use a right-back. It is not a concern at this time.
Nevertheless, Luke Ayling, Jamie Shackleton, Sam Byram, and Stuart Dallas, whose contracts expire in June, may say farewell to Leeds at the end of the campaign. Spurs are merely loaning Djed Spence.
Therefore, it’s possible that Leeds may look to acquire a right-back in the summer, and Hume needs to be at the top of the list. The problem is that Hume’s deal with Sunderland runs out in the summer of 2028.