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Sunderland Linked With Senegalese Midfielder

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Transfer news seems to be back a month or so early, but this one probably isn't the most believable.

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Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Brann midfielder Stephane Badji.

According to The Daily Mail, Sunderland, along with Crystal Palace were impressed with the Senegalese international as he helped his country beat Egypt and are monitoring the player to decide whether or not to activate an apparent £600,000 release clause in his contract or not in January.

You're always wary of dismissing anything where transfers are concerned, but this one looks a little far-fetched to me, With two clubs mentioned, details of his contract leaked, and the fact it's the Mail, it seems to have all the hallmarks of an agent trying to advertise the availability of his player.

Furthermore, it would go against everything that Gus Poyet has said about the club's preferred transfer policy moving forward. He has spoken about wanting to add difference-makers, and I'm pretty sure that isn't what this lad is.