Confirmed: Striker Departs For Germany

Nigel Roddis

Sunderland's January business is starting to gather pace with a confirmed departure.

Ji Dong-Won has rejoined FC Augsburg, where he had considerable success while on loan last season.

Despite recently returning to first team action at Sunderland under Gus Poyet, it never seemed likely that Ji's stay at Sunderland would last much longer. The Korean was out of contract in the summer and, despite the club rating him highly, he has never been able to establish himself in the first team.

Paolo Di Canio reportedly turned down a £5m bid from German giants Borussia Dortmund for the 22-year-old in the summer, a move which never appeared to be the correct decision and now it seems certain that he has left for much less than the fee we would have received from Jurgen Klopp's side.

Ji played 28 times for Sunderland in all competitions, with only six starts to his name, scoring twice, a late consolation against Chelsea and famously an even later goal against Manchester City in our 1-0 win on New Year's Day 2012.

Despite struggling for Sunderland, Ji had a successful loan spell at Augsburg last season, where he scored five goals in 17 games, as the German side fought their way to safety when it looked likely that they would be relegated before the arrival of Ji.

Although never the most popular figure on Wearside, I'm sure I won't be alone in wishing Ji all the best if his move goes through and thanking him for that memorable late winner against Manchester City.

Stay tuned to Roker Report throughout January as we keep you up to date with his and all other transfer news and rumours. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.

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