Reports out of Germany say that while several Bundesliga sides have been credited with an interest in Ji Dong-Won, one has ruled themselves out of the running.
FC Augsburg, where the Korean international spent a significant amount of time on loan last season and put in some stellar performances, were deemed one of the favorites to sign him on a permanent deal according to the latest football betting markets. However, the club's sporting director, Stefan Reuter told reporters;
The release claims that I hear from Sunderland, are extremely high. It is impossible. I was in England for quite a different reason.
With interest appearing to be on the wane, or at least the very quiet from Borussia Dortmund, it would appear this reconfirms that Ji will be a Sunderland player next season.
Danny Graham's gigantic arse is almost out the door, leaving space for Ji to slot in as a viable option. In the recent friendlies in Italy he's been used for the first time in what should be his natural position of the second striker, often being the first choice to replace Stephane Sessegnon in the lineup.
Ji made a huge impression in Germany and should be coming back to us a much better and stronger player. Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni are known admirers of his talents too, so it looks like for at least a year he's here to stay.