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ROKER ROUNDUP: Dundee manager confirms Sunderland interest in Finland international midfielder

Dundee boss Neil McCann has confirmed he had to fend off Sunderland’s interest in midfielder Glen Kamara in the summer - and media reports claim we had him scouted at Finland’s game with Estonia on Friday.

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Dundee midfielder rumour returns

Sunderland were linked with a move for Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara earlier in the summer, as Jack Ross looked to strengthen his midfield.

As the transfer window for permanent moves closed, Ross signed Max Power from Wigan Athletic instead but Dundee manager Neil McCann confirmed that we had shown interest in the Finland international:

There was interest from Sunderland in Glen.

I am delighted that he is still here because we didn’t want to lose him.

There were admiring glances coming our way but I am so happy that he is here, although I’d prefer him to be on the pitch instead of injured!

We may have to fend off some more interest in future but I have always been clear that I want to keep my best players if possible.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and the Daily Mail claim Sunderland had scouts watching him during Finland’s 1-0 win over Estonia on Friday.

The report claims that Dundee may be tempted to sell the former Arsenal player during the winter transfer window to avoid losing him for free in the summer, particularly as he can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Scotland from January.

Should Sunderland follow up their interest in Kamara, the Mail claims we will face competition from Derby County, Burnley, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers, as well as clubs in the MLS and Eastern Europe.

Cowdenbeath v Dundee - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Gibson enjoying football again

Darron Gibson has had a rough few years but the midfielder says he’s back to enjoying football again at new club Wigan Athletic.

The former Sunderland midfielder was regularly in the news for all the wrong reasons at the Stadium of Light but he has been a regular for Wigan in the Championship and the 30-year-old told the Wigan Post that he would be happy to finish his career with the Latics:

Do you know what, it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed my football as much as I have this year.

The gaffer’s been brilliant with me, it’s a great set of lads, there’s no egos in the camp, everyone gets on with each other.

I’m here for a year initially, but I’d be delighted to stay here for longer...for the rest of my career, I’d be delighted.

Hopefully I can just get my head down, play a few games and the manager will look after me.

I’ve been enjoying my football again at Wigan, and it makes a really big difference going home at night, I can tell you that.

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Loan roundup

Max Stryjek lost his 100% record as Eastleigh goalkeeper as they lost 2-1 at home to Aldershot.

Eastleigh were playing their first game since Ben Streven took over the Spitfires as interim manager following the departure of Andy Hessenthaler to Dover Athletic. The home side took the lead through Paul McCallum but an own goal from Reda Johnson and a Scott Rendall strike was enough for the visitors to take all three points.

Connor Shields started up front and lasted until the hours mark for Alloa Athletic in their Irn Bru Cup clash at Dunfermline Athletic. The game finished 2-2 but Alloa went through to the quarter-final after winning 5-4 on on penalties. Sunderland academy products Lee Robinson and Tom Beadling featured for the hosts.

Luke Molyneux was an unused substitute for Gateshead’s 1-0 win at Havant and Waterlooville.

Sunderland v Everton: Premier League 2 Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images