Mixed messages on Papy
Papy Djilobodji’s potential move to Trabzonspor took some new twists yesterday, with various reports claiming that it was close and also that it was off.
There are reports suggesting that the AWOL defender is due in Turkey on Monday to complete his move to the Super Lig side, intially on loan, but with the Burgundy Blues having the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan contract.
Although that would appear to be good news, there are also contrasting reports that suggest that the deal is dead due to provisions in the contract that the Turkish club were unhappy with and for now are looking elsewhere.
Whatever the truth of the Trabzonspor move is, speaking after the win over Wimbledon yesterday, Jack Ross says it’s a matter of when, not if, Djiloboji and Didier Ndong leave:
I said during the week I thought they were close [to leaving] and I still think that is the case.
I have been in regularly contact with Tony [Davison] and it is a lot of frustrating work for him but I think they will happen sooner rather than later, just a case of when.
Vergini to Turkey
Should Djilobodji complete a move to Turkey before August 31, he is likely to come up against another former Sunderland defender as Santiago Vergini is set to sign for Bursaspor.
The experienced centre half had been plying his trade with Boca Juniors but he’s expected to sign a two-year deal with the Super Lig side in the coming days.
The 30-year-old made 51 appearances for Sunderland in all competitions and is best remembered for his comical own goal in the 8-0 defeat at Southampton under Gus Poyet.
No NAC move for Ruiter
Robbin Ruiter had been linked with a move to NAC Breda to replace Aru Muric, who has been recalled by Manchester City following a serious injury to Claudio Bravo, but although the Dutch club are set to sign two goalkeepers, Ruiter is not one of them.
NAC are expected to unveil veteran Theo Zwarthoed in the next 48 hours, who will sign a one-year deal with the Eredivisie club after being released by Excelsior at the end of last season.
Their technical director Hans Smulders has also contacted Ajax in the hopes of signing their back up goalkeeper Benjamin van Leer to be their new number one, with Zwarthoed coming in as back up.
Niall Quinn has been talking about his 2006 takeover of Sunderland with the Drumaville constortium, and the former Irish international striker says he struggles to comprehend how much football has changed since he took over.
With so much more money in football now and how far ahead the teams at the top of the Premier League are, Quinn says he’s got no desire to get involved once again:
Some people interested in buying Sunderland approached me, and it was the first time I thought about it in five or six years.
I compared the playing field now to the innocence of when we went in with the Drumaville Consortium, and that’s 12 years ago now. The world has changed. The money is ferocious now. 12 years ago, we bought an incredible football club for less than the club paid for a left-back six years later. It’s amazing to think that.
The left-back didn’t work out too well. It’s so different now. Football is such a serious business now. If a football club is coming together now, it’s not about having a football-inspired person leading the club, but a business person who is going to treat it as the most important business they have ever had. Someone who can be accountable for absolutely everything that goes on at that club.
It’s very hard for a club outside of that top six, seven in the Premier League to go in and make a long-term plan based on becoming a top six, seven club.
In the old days, you could dream a little, and make it to the top eight. But top 10 is the holy grail now for too many clubs. So I haven’t got any desire to get back in and do all of that.