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Roker Roundup: €4m for Ndong?! Report claims ‘buyer’ found for sacked Sunderland midfielder

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According to a report emanating from Gabon, a Russian top flight side are prepared to pay a €4m to Sunderland in order to sign recently sacked midfielder Didier Ndong.

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Buyer for Ndong?

Since his departure from Sunderland, things have not gone to plan for Didier Ndong, with the Gabon international rumoured to struggling financially and unable to even turn out for a third division side in his home country.

That may change though, as according to iSport, Russian side FC Rostov are interested in signing the midfielder in January transfer window.

The report claims that the Russian Premier League side are willing to pay Sunderland the €4m compensation they are due once Ndong finds a new club, which will be a financial boost to Stewart Donald and Jack Ross should the move go through.

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Grimsby boss on Embleton absence

Elliot Embleton has been starring while on loan at Grimsby Town recently, including a man of the match display and a spectacular goal in the FA Cup win over MK Dons last week.

The midfielder will miss out against Crawley Town this weekend though, as he is on international duty with England under-20s and Grimsby’s manager Michael Jolley says although that is an unusual problem for his club to have, they understand the player needs it to help his development:

Elliot is still away with England, which is good for him and bad for us.

He’s certainly been one of our better players, we think, in his time with us and we look forward to welcoming him back next week.

It’s probably not a common problem for Grimsby, having an England international who has to be away frequently.

It’s something that you have got to contend with if you bring in a good player like that.

We also know that it’s an important part of his development. We understand why he’s got to do it, and we wish him well.

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Kimpioka scores on international duty

Sweden under-18s started their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over San Marino with Sunderland youngster Benji Kimpioka on the scoresheet.

Kimpioka opened the scoring in the second half when he got on the end of a Emil Holm cross to steer past the goalkeeper. An own goal by Diego Moretti put the hosts 2-0 up but he quickly made amends by pulling a goal back but Sweden comfortably held on for the win.

Kimpioka will next be in action tomorrow when his Sweden side take on Wales.

You can see the Sunderland forward’s goal below at the 1.00 mark.


Date set for Sartori’s candidacy

Juan Sartori is expected to leave Uruguay in the coming days but will not announce his run to be the National Party’s candidate for president in the 2019 elections until November 30.

There had been resistance from the National Party to even consider Sartori but their chair Beatriz Argimon told montevideo.com.uy that he and his group had ‘everything in order’ both before the court and within the party.

Sartori has been touring Uruguay to make his presence known beforehand and, as well as attending two league games over the weekend, he managed to take part in a five-a-side game where he finished better than some actual Sunderland footballers (see 1:40 in the video below):

Afterwards, Sartori said he would welcome critics but was only there to add to the conversation.