Turkish interest in Kone
After being linked with moves for both Papy Djilobodji and Dider Ndong this summer, Turkish side Trabzonspor have now been linked with a move for Lamine Kone.
The Süper Lig side are hoping to add a central defender to their ranks this summer, and although Djilobodji had been strongly linked with a move to the club, their president emphatically denied those rumours.
Now it’s Kone’s turn to be linked to a move to Trabzonspor. 61saat claim Sunderland want €7m for the Ivory Coast international, but go on to state that the biggest problem with the transfer is the current financial situation of the Burgundy Blues, with the side unlikely to be able to meet that asking price.
Club Brugge ruled out of Oviedo chase?
Club Brugge have been the club most strongly linked with Sunderland’s Costa Rican left-back Bryan Oviedo, and whilst the cost of the transfer has been a stumbling block the Belgian side have maintained their interest in him throughout the summer transfer window.
The prospective sale of their €12m rated Brazilian striker Wesley to Lazio looked like it may be the catalyst for the club to make an offer for Oviedo, but after Club Brugge opened their league campaign with a 5-2 win over Eupen thanks to a hat-trick by the forward, Wesley claimed that he would be staying at the club:
My price may go up even more now but I have a contract in Bruges and I’m going to stay here. My decision is final: I’ll stay.
That could well impact on the Belgian’s side ability to make a play for Oviedo, but there are other clubs showing interest - including Cordoba CF - and the window to sell players to European clubs won’t close until August 31, even if the Sunderland’s preference will be to get him off the books before the domestic window closes on August 9.
League One rivals sign former target
Scunthorpe United have completed the signing of one-time Sunderland target Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
Borthwick-Jackson was signed as a replacement for the Irons’ regular left-back Conor Townsend, who joined Championship club West Bromwich Albion on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Sunderland had agreed a deal to sign the Manchester United youngster earlier in the summer but the transfer broke down thanks to new boss Jack Ross preferring to bring in Reece James from Wigan Athletic.
✍ SIGNING: Scunthorpe United are delighted to announce the signing of defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on a season-long loan from Premier League side Manchester United - https://t.co/l81TIcMg1l— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) July 28, 2018
The loan is subject to Premier League clearance and league ratification.#IRON pic.twitter.com/CBTXBAoyc2