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Roker Roundup: Sunderland linked with free transfer move for former Fleetwood Town midfielder

Sunderland have been linked in the national press with a move for a former Fleetwood Town midfielder who rejected a new contract with Joey Barton’s side; and Didier Ndong - amongst Europe’s elite? You bet...

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Sunderland linked with Dempsey

Sunderland have been linked with a move for former Fleetwood Town midfielder Kyle Dempsey after he turned down an offer of a new contract with Joey Barton’s side.

Mail Sport claim both Sunderland and recently relegated Hull City are chasing the 24-year-old who is available on a free transfer.

Dempsey made 146 appearances for Fleetwood in all competitions after he signed for the club from Huddersfield Town, scoring six goals and providing 15 assists to team-mates. He had a short spell on loan at Peterborough United during the 2018-19 season

Fleetwood Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images

Ndong amongst Europe’s elite

Dider Ndong may have had an ignominious end to his Sunderland career, after he was sacked by the club, but he has shown this season why a club-record fee was spent on him as he featured for Ligue 1 outfit Dijon.

The defensive midfielder features highly on a list (compiled by @Tw3rcazette) of Europe’s most efficient tacklers during the 2019-20 season with only Barcelona linchpin Sergio Busquests clear of him.

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Dijon Football Cote-d’Or v Paris FC - Friendly match Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Ruiter finds new club

Robbin Ruiter has left PSV Eindhoven after only a year to link up with Willem II as he looks for first team football.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has signed a two-year deal with the Eredivisie club, with the option of a third and speaking to the club’s official website, Ruiter made it clear that he had to leave PSV so he could play every week:

I had a great time in Eindhoven, but in the end I want to be under the bar every week. That is why I am very happy with this step to Willem II. I expect to be able to play here, although of course I still have to enforce it myself.

Ruiter joins Sunderland academy product and New Zealand international Michael Woud at Willem II, though the young goalkeeper is currently on a year-long long at Almere City.

Sunderland v Manchester City U21 - Checkatrade Trophy Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

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