SUNDERLAND are yet to make an improved bid for midfield target Jordon Mutch, according to Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Echo revealed last week how Sunderland had seen a £3.5million offer rejected by the Bluebirds for Mutch, with Cardiff holding out for a £5m fee for the 22-year-old.
The Black Cats have been contemplating whether to meet that asking price – thought to trigger a buy-out clause in Mutch’s contract – or bide their time for the England Under-21 international, who netted seven times for the Bluebirds last season.
But Solskjaer claims there have been no “new” bids for any members of the Cardiff squad, with several players in demand after their relegation from the top flight.
“We are the team who seem to attract most speculation. It happens every day, but we are used to it,” said Solskjaer.
“There have been no new bids that I know of, although I am not the person who negotiates.
“The speculation doesn’t get to me – it’s part of the job.”
Mutch didn’t feature in Cardiff’s opening pre-season friendly against Carmarthen Town on Tuesday night, along with 10 other members of the first-team squad – including the likes of Steven Caulker and former Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell, who are both expected to leave the club this summer.
But Solskjaer claims those players were doing extra training sessions and several could feature in this weekend’s clash with Bath City.
He added: “We decided to have 22 players against Carmarthen and give everybody 45 minutes.
“Some of those who weren’t involved against Carmarthen will play at Bath City on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s World Cup midfielder Michel Babatunde claims Sunderland are one of several Premier League clubs looking to sign him.
Babatunde made two appearances for his country at the World Cup before breaking his wrist in Nigeria’s final group game against Argentina.
The 21-year-old says his agent has subsequently been contacted by Sunderland, along with German side Schalke and several clubs in Turkey, and expects to leave Ukraine outfit Volyn Lutsk this summer.
“I have received an offer from several clubs, but the one from Sunderland is the one that interests me,” Babatunde said.
“They have contacted my agent and we will see how it goes from there.
“There are about two offers from clubs in Turkey as well, which are both under consideration and will be discussed at the right time.
“I’m probably going to leave Volyn. We have to discuss the offers on ground but, most likely, I will be leaving this summer.”