Former Sunderland targets set for Ipswich move
Shrewsbury Town duo Jon Nolan and Aristote Nsiala are on the verge of completing a move to Championship side Ipswich Town after the pair underwent medicals at Portman Road yesterday.
Both players had been linked to Sunderland over the summer, with the move for Nolan seeing the player going as far as agreeing terms with the club, only for the new owners of Sunderland to pull the plug on the deal once they found out how much the previous regime had offered him in wages.
A similar situation saw Sunderland move on from former Burton Albion defender Tom Naylor, who ended up signing for Portsmouth earlier in the window.
Shrewsbury have already moved to replace the players, as Lincoln City defender Luke Waterfall underwent a medical with the club yesterday and Town will reportedly rival Sunderland for the signature of Tranmere Rovers midfielder Oliver Norburn.
Our North East neighbours Hartlepool United will benefit from Nsiala’s move to Ipswich thanks to a 10% sell-on clause in the DR Congo international’s contract, after he moved to Shrewsbury from Hartlepool back in January 2017.
Besiktas eye Papy
Sunderland are confident of shifting wantaway duo Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong before the transfer window closes on Thursday and, according to reports, Besiktas are considering a move for Djilobodji.
The Turkish club are expecting to lose Croatian international - and former Sunderland target - Domagoj Vida in the near future and hope to replace him with PSV’s Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, but should a move for the French defender not materialise, Besiktas will target Djilobodji.
The report in Takvim claims they have been tracking the Senegalese defender recently and could make a loan move for the 29-year-old.
As seen by the recent loan departure of Lamine Kone, Sunderland would not be adverse to loaning players out as long as the deal is on our terms and works in our favour.
Wing target shines
Sunderland are still interested in signing a winger before the transfer window closes, thanks to Callum McManaman re-joining Wigan Athletic last month and Jerome Sinclair picking up a knock against Charlton Athletic at the weekend should speed up that process.
One player who has been consistently been linked with a move to Sunderland this summer is Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones.
The former Middlesbrough trainee was the subject of a failed £350,000 offer from Rangers back in January, an offer deemed as ‘nowhere near acceptable’ by Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke.
The 23-year-old’s valuation may have risen even more after he tormented St Johnstone full-back Aaron Comrie throughout the game during his side’s 2-0 opening day victory.