The 20-year-old is their third signing of the January window, with the Black Cats sat just one point outside the play-off places in ninth with 18 games left to play. Gelhardt arrived at Elland Road from Wigan in 2020, and after playing in the Leeds youth set-up, he made his Premier League debut in October 2021. "I've watched Sunderland on the TV this season and seen some positive, attacking football and I can't wait to get involved."
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted on Wednesday that the club could be forced into the transfer market following growing concerns of the severity of a knee injury suffered by Mohamed Elneny. Caicedo now appears to be the man they have targeted and the PA news agency understands an opening offer in the region of £60million has been rebuffed by the Seagulls, who have insisted they have no intention to sell. The 21-year-old Ecuador international has excelled this season to help Brighton to sixth in the Premier League.
The Championship club confirmed a deal had been struck to bring the 21-year-old to the Potteries, having spent the first half of the season on loan at PSV Eindhoven in his homeland. Hoever's first English club was Liverpool, before he moved to Wolves in 2020.