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Roker Roundup: January rumours start already as Sunderland linked to England U20 midfielder

Sunderland are linked with a young Arsenal midfielder while Lynden Gooch discusses all things Sunderland, and Juan Sartori’s presidential bid gains even more momentum.

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Arsenal youngster linked

Now Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji are off the books, Sunderland should be able to strengthen the first team in January and according to former Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke, an Arsenal youngster may be a target.

O’Rourke claims that Sunderland have been scouting England under-20 midifielder Joe Willock and had him watched as recently as last week.

The report claims Sunderland want to sign the 19-year-old on loan but face competition from clubs in the Championship, the Netherlands and France.

Arsenal v Liverpool: Premier League 2 Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images

Gooch discusses Sunderland

Ahead of the FA Cup clash with Port Vale on Sunday, Lynden Gooch has been discussing his Sunderland career with the Metro newspaper.

In it the 22-year-old discusses how Sunderland are faring this season and puts the success of the team down to getting the right blend of characters:

We now have a really good group of players and a good coaching staff, I’m enjoying it, we’re winning and it’s nice to see everyone with a smile on their face coming to work.

We don’t want to be [in League One] but will take it one step at a time, enjoy the season and hopefully get promoted.

We have a really young squad but with a balance with some really big characters like Catts (Lee Cattermole) and Glenn Loovens and Jon McLaughlin.

It’s not so much about youth and experience, it’s about getting a good blend of the right characters who want to work hard for each other.

Gooch also talks about how being in England for so long has made Sunderland the place he calls home:

I feel more American but my background is over here.

I have been in England for six years now and Sunderland is definitely the place I call home. I am definitely the most English or Irish American you could meet. I sound Irish these days.

This is a lovely part of the world with amazing countryside, amazing beaches and cities. The north-east is so welcoming. It’s a great place to be.

I will stay in England for as long as I can. I have always wanted to play English football from a very young age.

The intensity and passion is something I always wanted to be part of. The Premier League is the best in the world. Hopefully this club can get back there.

You can read the full interview with Gooch in the Metro newspaper HERE.

Gillingham v Sunderland Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Duo called up by England

Sunderland youngsters Elliot Embleton and Bali Mumba have been called up by England to represent the under-20s and under-18s respectively.

Embleton, who is on loan at League Two Grimsby Town, will represent England in the game against Germany at Colchester United’s Jobserve Community Stadium a week on Monday. He is joined in the squad by reported Sunderland target Joe Willock.

Mumba is in the England squad for a four nation tournament in Murcia, Spain. The Three Lions will face the Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Belgium, with the games taking place over the course of five days starting next Thursday.

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League 2 Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Presidential run for Sartori moves closer

Juan Sartori’s presidential ambitions edged closer yesterday with his right hand man and president of the National Party’s ‘Todo Por El Pueblo’ (Everything for the People) group Alim Garcia formally announcing that they will submit their own candidate for the National Party’s presidential candidate.

In the statement, the group claims that they:

will participate in the civic battle to help achieve the triumph of the National Party, so that the government takes the actions that the nation urgently needs to save it from chaos; and always for the benefit of all families in Uruguay, so that, through economic and social development, public happiness can be achieved.

Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, Todo Por El Pueblo’s candidate will be Sunderland board member and 20% shareholder Juan Sartori.

Loan roundup

Lille moved up to second place in Ligue 1 despite being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Lamine Kone’s Strasbourg.

The home side dominated the game, with 15 shots on goal in the first half alone and 22 in total, as well as having the majority of possession but couldn’t find a way past Kone or former Newcastle United flop Mats Selz.

That hard earned draw means it’s seven games unbeaten for Strasbourg, who are now 7th in the table.

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