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An exciting youngster who Sunderland were watching heads to Newcastle on trial, Asamoah Gyan finds a new team, and two ex-Sunderland forwards who are currently free agents close in on new clubs.

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Newcastle trial for Scott

As we reported last week, Sunderland have had scouts watching non-league hot-shot Cedwyn Scott in recent weeks.

The Hebburn FC striker has been heavily amongst the goals this season for the Northern League Division One side, scoring 21 times in just 16 games.

Along with Sunderland, local rivals Newcastle United have also been watching the 21-year-old and Steve Bruce’s side have made the first move for the former Dundee player by taking Scott on a month-long trial.

Hebburn have confirmed on their official website that the player will join Newcastle on trial and the club’s director of football Stephen Rutherford said that they could not stand in Scott’s way of a possible move into professional football:

Cedwyn is a great lad who just loves to play football and like every young talent wants to play at the highest level he can. He’s been great with our club and has shared he wants to help our club go through the leagues. However when a professional club such as Newcastle United want to have a look we all agree it’s an opportunity we can’t turn down or stand in the lad’s way and that’s why we facilitated and support it. We all hope he does well and shows exactly what he is about in character and ability.

The player will still be available for Hebburn games while he trials with Newcastle’s under-23 side.


Gyan returns to Ghana

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has joined Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities on GPL’s transfer deadline day.

As part of the deal that will see Ghana’s all-time top scorer join Legon, the club will also sign Mathew Cudjoe from Asante Kotoko, a signing which was a condition the 34-year-old requested should he sign for his new club.

According to Gyan’s agent Sammy Anim Addo on Joy Sports, the deal will see the player earn over ‘$1 million dollars in cash and packages’ and Gyan was one of 12 new players Legon Cities confirmed on deadline day.

Asamoah Gyan points the way forward for Sunderland.

New clubs for free agent duo?

Former Sunderland duo Fabio Borini and Duncan Watmore are both free agents after leaving Hellas Verona and Sunderland respectively in the summer.

Borini has been linked with a host of clubs. A return to former club Swansea City was recently rumoured, but now he is being linked with a move to Serie A outfit Bologna FC by 1000cuorirossoblu.it.

The club may be forced to look at free agents after a long term injury to Paraguayan striker Federico Santander and the report claims Borini is the most likely solution.

Meanwhile, speaking after his side’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has said that he is hoping his club will be able to sign Watmore.

The former England under-21 international has been on trial at the Riverside for the last two weeks and Warnock would like to sign the player, if possible:

I’m not really aware of what’s going to happen, but he’s done ever so well. I’m pleased for him.

I’m not sure what we can do regarding signings, but he wanted to get fit and it’s been a good opportunity for him. He’s done really well, and it’s still ongoing.

I don’t know whether we can make a signing, but I would like him.

Image: Sunderland Echo