Sunderland have been linked with a move for Azerbaijan international Bahlul Mustafazada according to reports in the defender’s homeland.
Azerisport claim that Sunderland have begun preliminary negotiations to sign the 22-year-old, with Phil Parkinson claimed to be keen to bring the centre-back to the Stadium of Light in the January transfer window.
Mustafazada plays for Sabah in the Azerbaijan Premier League but only signed for them on a free transfer from Qabala in the summer.
Despite his recent arrival at Sabah, the in-demand defender has recently been linked with the likes of Celtic, Rangers, as well as clubs in the Premier League, Championship and the Bundesliga.
When asked about interest in the player from Sunderland, amongst others, Sabah’s president Magsud Adygezalov says that they have not received any official offers yet but will consider any interesting ones that may arise:
We hear that there is interest in him. But the club has not yet received official proposals, so we can’t comment on anything. Naturally, if there are proposals interesting for the club and Bahlul himself, we will definitely consider them.
When asked about the general interest in him, the player commented that he is used to such interest in his services:
Such news in the media is not the first time. Last season, I have already encountered this. I have no information about a specific proposal, so I think it is inappropriate to say anything about this.
But when asked about Sunderland’s specific interest, Mustafazada said that he has not received a concrete proposal as yet but did reveal that his goal is to play abroad:
Now it’s hard for me to say anything about this. My goal is to play abroad. I’ll do what is best for my career.
At the moment, we are on the verge of a match with Gabala, and I only think about this game, I’ll only think about something else if I get a concrete proposal.
You can check out the obligatory YouTube compilation of Mustafazada below: