Sunderland have taken Basingstoke Town attacking talent Sam Smart on trial.

The youngster joined up with Sheffield Wednesday in a similar arrangement back in July. The Owls, however, were under a transfer embargo at the time.

Smart represented Sunderland’s Under-23s in a trial game with Middlesbrough yesterday evening, making a positive impression.

The attacking midfielder / forward was prolific for Basingstoke last season, the club he has progressed through the youth ranks of. Smart scored 20 times and contributed a further 28 assists.

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