Djilobodji in demand
Sunderland are still struggling to shift AWOL defender Papy Djilobodji but according to reports in France, they may soon have something of an auction for the player.
L’Equipe report that Ligue 1 side Caen are in need of a central defender and are keen on the Senegalese defender after good performances on loan at Dijon last season.
The report also suggests that Djilobodji would be keen to go back to the Bundesliga, where his stock is high after he had a successful loan spell with Wolfsburg whilst on Chelsea’s books. Hannover 96 and Borussia Mönchengladbach are both reportedly in talks with the defender.
Wilder on Sharp
Sunderland have been interested in Billy Sharp all summer but with the striker happy at his boyhood club, our chances of signing him always hinged on a lack of playing time, as Sheffield United strengthen their attacking ranks.
New arrival David McGoldrick had meant Sharp had to make do with a place on the substitute’s bench this season but the 32-year-old started away to Queens Park Rangers and scored as the Blades won 2-1 to pick up their first win of the season.
Speaking after the game, United manager Chris Wilder admitted that Sunderland had made an approach for Sharp:
There was an inquiry from Sunderland in midweek, he came in my office and he doesn’t want to go anywhere. It just shows what he’s about.
I’m delighted for him again today, he’s had to be patient and he’s played a part.
Sharp opened the scoring against QPR when he tucked away a pull back from Kieron Freeman but was substituted just after the hour mark.
Dundee reject Sunderland interest
Sunderland completed the signing of Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power earlier in the week and the 25-year-old impressed on his debut away to Luton Town yesterday.
Had the transfer of Power broken down, then it looks as if Glen Kamara was an alternative target, with Dundee manager Neil McCann admitted that Sunderland had showed interest:
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 Arsenal academy product is currently on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury but it’s unlikely that Sunderland will follow up that interest after signing Power.