Nantes bid for Ndong
Ligue 1 side Nantes have, according to reports from the French media, passed on the opportunity to sign Sunderland’s want-away midfielder Didier Ndong.
According to Yahoo Sport France, the Gabonese international was offered to the French club for a fee of €6m but they are not interested in taking a punt on the man who goes down in the record books as Sunderland’s club record signing.
Proposé au FC Nantes pour 6M, Didier Ndong ( Sunderland) ne devrait cependant pas rejoindre la Loire- Atlantique !— Manu ⭐️⭐️ (@ManuLonjon) August 20, 2018
One player who may head to Nantes, however, is former Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul. The 32-year-old is interesting The Canaries and Watford head coach Javi Gracia confirmed that the player’s future will be sorted in the near future:
Kaboul is not training with us in this moment with the team.
He’s fit. But we will see in the next few days what will happen with his future.
In this moment, what I can say is that he’s fit. But he’s not training with the team.
Sunderland development squad defender Sam Brotherton joined Blyth Spartans on loan for the season at the beginning of the month, but it’s been a difficult start to life in Northumberland for the New Zealand international.
Speaking after their 3-1 defeat by Alfreton Town, Blyth’s manager Alun Armstrong explained that Brotherton picked up an injury on his debut for the club that will rule him out for a couple of months:
Sam had a scan earlier in the week and it looks like he’ll be out for at least two months, he’s suffered some ligament damage and will take a while to come.
Sunderland have been linked in the media with moves for veteran duo Youssouf Mulumbu and Ross McCormack.
According to the Daily Record, Sunderland have been ‘credited with an interest’ in Mulumbu, who is currently a free agent after leaving Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.
The player’s agent Sebastien Casenaz says he is confident his client will find a new club before the August 31 transfer deadline, with interest in the player from both England and Europe:
Youssouf proved his value during his short spell in Scotland with Kilmarnock. He came very close to signing for an English Premier League club in the summer.
Out of respect to all of the clubs involved I do not wish to speak about who made offers. There is now interest in England and from Europe so he has both of those options.
It seems unlikely that Sunderland will pursue a deal for the 31-year-old due to the numbers we have in central midfield. Max Power, Lee Cattermole, Bali Mumba and Luke O’Nien have already impressed this season and even if high earner Cattermole leaves, injured duo Dylan McGeouch and Ethan Robson are set to return to the fold following injury in the coming days.
Meanwhile, TeamTalk claim Sunderland are a ‘real option’ to sign out of favour Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack.
The report claims that a return to former club Rangers are also an option for the 31-year-old, with Aston Villa telling the player that they will cover most of his wages should he find himself a loan deal before the loan deadline on August 31.
That deal also seems unlikely, with Jack Ross being very clear that although he wants another striker, he would prefer someone with potential as the competition up front will grow once injured players return to first team duties:
At the moment we’re probably looking for potential rather than proven [players] because of the proven ones in the squad who will be back sooner rather than later.
Charlie [Wyke] is proven in this league and Jerome [Sinclair] is proven at a good level as well. We have to be conscious of that as well. We want to make sure we’re not in a difficult position, and in the loan market that sometimes happens.