Papy to join Ndong?
After yesterday’s news that Didier Ndong was on his way France to agree a deal with Ligue 1’s bottom side Guingamp, news has emerged that he may be joined at the club by Papy Djilobodji.
According to French newspaper Le Telegramme, Djilobodji is close to signing for Guingamp after being unemployed since he was sacked by Sunderland in September.
The report claims he should commit his future to the club in the coming days and, according to Le Telegramme, Ndong ‘perfectly fits the profile’ of the Brittany-based club.
Guingamp only have 11 points in Ligue 1 and after signing Alexandre Mendy and Johan Larsson, they hope to add the former Sunderland rebels to their fight against relegation.
Sartori talks to Uruguayan clubs
Juan Sartori was giving an interview with radio station FM Gente in his homeland when he discussed a proposal of his to improve Uruguayan football.
According to Sartori, he wants to make it easier for Uruguayan clubs to directly deal with clubs abroad, in order allow those clubs to develop due to the social benefit that dealing with foreign clubs can bring.
The Sunderland shareholder acknowledged that he had been in contact with Uruguayan football clubs and also admitted his advisers had been in contact with Uruguayan Primera Division outfit Atenas de San Carlos.
Sartori gave another interview in the summer, before he announced his political ambitions, where he discussed his hopes of making Sunderland a ‘Uruguayan club’ and giving young players from Uruguay the chance to train at the Academy of Light.
Academy manager Paul Reid joined us on the Roker Rapport podcast last month and he gave us the latest on those proposals, saying the idea itself was in it’s infancy but admitted that it was a plan we should tap into. You can listen to that interview HERE.
Sunderland credited with interest in League Two striker
Sunderland have again been linked with a move for Exeter City striker Jayden Stockley.
The prolific striker has attracted plenty of interest thanks to his form with the Grecians - he has scored 50 goals in 97 games - and DevonLive claim at least one club has matched his release clause and go on to say that Portsmouth appear to be front runners.
Sunderland, MK Dons and Peterborough are also named as being interested in the 25-year-old, although Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony appeared to rule both his club and MK Dons out of the running, while suggesting Exeter would want £1m+ for the front man:
Unlikely. My mate Pete doesn’t spend those kinds of T fees & Exeter would want near 7 figures imo & rightly so https://t.co/cZK1aKUrEp— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) December 15, 2018
Exeter’s manager Matt Taylor looked resigned to losing his 11-goal topscorer but said he is just concentrating on the getting the player ready to face Elliot Embleton’s Grimsby Town, in what could be the striker’s last game for the club:
We feel Jayden has improved since he’s been with us and what happens in the next few weeks, who knows? You can never second guess what will happen in football, but it is inevitable that there will be interest in him.
There’s always hope. But there are certain circumstances that I am sure will come out in the next few weeks. That happens in football.
My job as a manager is to make sure that we are well prepared for whatever happens.
Jayden has had that attention all season and he had it last season as well to be honest. Since he’s been at the club – and even in his loan spell – he’s scored goals,” Taylor added.
We have played to his strengths and wherever he plays his career, in terms of his future years, they have a good bloke first and foremost and he’s been an excellent servant for this club.
We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks with Jayden. But I have to wrap him in cotton wool and get him right for Grimsby.