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Roker Roundup: Sunderland credited with loan interest in Brighton & Hove Albion defender

Reports in The Athletic claim that Sunderland are in the running to sign highly-rated 18-year-old Brighton defender Haydon Roberts.

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Sunderland interested in Brighton defender?

Despite already signing Bailey Wright this summer, Phil Parkinson is still on the lookout for another central defender.

Former Everton youngster Morgan Feeney is said to be in talks with the club after a spelling training at the Academy of Light, but now Brighton and Hove Albion centre half Haydon Roberts has been linked with a move to Sunderland.

The 18-year-old is down the pecking order at the AMEX Stadium and is likely to go out on loan this season. The Athletic claim that Sunderland, Wimbledon and Blackpool are all said to be keen to sign the player on loan.

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Former duo to Turkey?

Former Sunderland striker Dame N’Doye is a free agent after a successful spell with Danish side FC Copenhagen.

N’Doye scored 33 goals in 61 games in his second spell with Copenhagen, becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer in the process, but despite that success he will not be joining Turkish outfit FC Gaziantep.

The Turkish club’s president said that Gaziantep were offered the 35-year-old but that they were not interested in his services.

One ex-Sunderland player who may end up in Turkey is Wahbi Khazri. Sabah report that the out of favour St Etienne playmaker is wanted on loan by Trabzonspor.

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Derby in trouble?

Derby County are facing an enquiry into a loan they received from MSD UK Holdings Ltd, Michael Dell’s private equity firm according to the Daily Mail.

The loan has sparked complaints from other clubs due to a similar loan taken out by Sunderland last year, with the clubs believing it has created a conflict of interest and broken EFL regulations.

The loan of £9m to Sunderland last year was from FFP Sunderland Ltd and to Madrox, Sunderland’s holding company. MSD also provided an £80m loan to Southampton but they are not part of the complaint due to being in the Premier League.

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