Sunderland AFC transfer news: Galatasaray keen to re-sign Black Cats defender

Jason Denayer (right) in action for Sunderland
Jason Denayer (right) in action for Sunderland
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Jason Denayer is wanted by Galatasaray, with the Turkish giants weighing up a move to take him back to the club in January.

The central defender spent last season on loan at Galatasaray and reports in Turkey say they are considering making a move when the transfer window opens.

However, the Belgian international is on a season-long loan at Sunderland from Manchester City so any deal would involve the Black Cats terminating the current loan.

That would seem highly unlikely given manager David Moyes is short on defenders anyway.

Plus, Sunderland have the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in January to contend with as the tournament could result in Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji being away on international duty for several weeks. 

Belgian international Denayer joined the Black Cats with UEFA Champions League experience gained over the last two seasons, firstly with Celtic FC in the 2014-15 season, and during last year’s campaign with Galatasaray, where he won the Turkish Cup.

Denayer, fit-again after an adductor injury, is expected to feature in tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Notts County.

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Meanwhile, Sunderland Under-23s are in action tonight when they host Notts County in the final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy at the Stadium of Light (kick-off 7.30pm).

With four points from their opening two matches, Robbie Stockdale’s side need to avoid defeat to progress to the knock-out stages.

And forward George Honeyman is looking forward to going up against former Sunderland team-mate Louis Laing.

“Louis is a friend of mine and I played with him a lot at Sunderland,” Honeyman told the club’s website.

“Louis is a very good player and it will be another great test for us to play against players like that.

“They are a good League Two side and they have got some really experienced players so we know it’s going to be an incredibly tough match.

“We have had a couple of tough tests already but done really well to come through them so hopefully we can continue to work hard and get the result we need to go through to the next round.

“We have got to go out there and enjoy it, make the most of it and make sure we do our best to get the win.”

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