Oviedo set to depart
Bryan Oviedo’s Sunderland career is all but over, with a move to Belgian side Club Brugge looking likely.
There was a report in the Costa Rican media on Friday, claiming the player himself - without quotes - had said he would sign for a new club on Monday or Tuesday,, but now Oviedo has been quoted talking about his future.
Oviedo told Columbia FM back in his homeland that his departure from Sunderland is 98% certain after he reached an agreement with the club that would see him leave and be free to sign for a new club.
Although he admits Club Brugge is an option, the left-back claims he has other options as well:
With Sunderland I would not continue anymore, we have reached an agreement, I have free way to sign with another team. With Sunderland there is a 98% chance that I will not continue.
There are several options, [Club] Brugge is one, but there are others.
Speaking after the friendly defeat to Heerenveen last night, Jack Ross backed up the defender’s claims, saying an agreement to terminate his contract is likely:
Ross doesn't expect any more incomings before the start of the season. Says Oviedo's situation should be sorting in the next few days - club likely to come to an agreement to terminate his contract. #safc— James Hunter (@JHunterChron) July 27, 2019
Ndong set to move on
Didier Ndong only signed for Guingamp in January after his controversial departure from Sunderland but despite starting the Ligue 2 season with the newly-relegated club, he is already on the verge of another move.
The French club started their season with a 3-3 home draw with Grenoble on Friday night but speaking to the media after the game, Guingamp’s coach Patrice Lair confirmed that the midfielder is set to join Ligue 1 Dijon:
Didier will leave us, it is practically done.
He will return to Ligue 1 and there is a good chance that it will be in Dijon. I have big regrets because he was very invested.
The other Sunderland rebel from last season, Papy Djilobodji, also departed Guingamp after half a season when he joined Turkish outfit Gazisehir last week.
Bowyer frustrated after McNulty joins Sunderland
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer let slip earlier in the week that Sunderland had beaten to him the signature of a player he wanted, that played ended up being Marc McNulty who signed on-loan from Reading.
Bowyer has been left frustrated by that development had revealed that he has been laughed at by agents due to the fact his club has such a low budget:
At the moment, whenever we think we’ve got a player over the line - this is the most frustrating thing for me at the moment - someone just comes in and outbids us, and unfortunately that’s something we can’t control.
There’s some good players that have slipped through our fingers but that’s the hard thing to accept because I do believe, if we really had a go, then I think we could do really well in this league.
I know what the situation is and I accept the situation. I’m not making any excuses, we have our budget and that’s it. If someone comes and bids more and offers more then there’s nothing more we can do.
It’s tough because people are laughing at us. An agent would say, ‘What do you have to offer for this player?’ and people are laughing. I’ve had agents laughing, like, ‘How are you meant to compete with what you’re offering?’
That’s the situation we’re in. Whether we like it or not that’s the situation but we’ll just keep going and we will get people in, I know that.
But it’s just frustrating for myself and Steve [Gallen, Charlton’s head of recruitment] when we’re working so hard and we think we’ve got someone and then someone just outbids us.