SUNDERLAND striker Ji Dong-won is a genuine target for German outfit Augsburg, with discussions continuing over a January loan move for the South Korean, writes CHRIS YOUNG.
Reports in the Korean press have linked Ji with the Bundesliga basement boys, with the 21-year-old yet to make a first-team appearance for Sunderland this season.
An agreement could be reached over a loan move relatively swiftly, but Ji (pictured) cannot move to Germany until the transfer window re-opens in January.
But Ji is likely to leave the Stadium of Light, albeit temporarily, after struggling to even make an impression for Sunderland Under-21s this season.
That has seen Ji fall to the bottom of Sunderland’s pecking order of strikers, with Louis Saha, Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell all on the bench at Fulham yesterday.
Ji, who helped Korea to an Olympic bronze medal during the summer, was restricted to two starts during his maiden season on Wearside, finding the net once – the memorable last-gasp winner in New Year’s Day’s victory over Manchester City.
But he has been on the bench just three times this season and will be given the opportunity to go and play first-team football in January.
Meanwhile, Sunderland youngster Blair Adams was handed an instant debut by Coventry City on Saturday.
Adams joined the League One Sky Blues on loan until January 5 on Friday after proving one of the most consistent performers for Sunderland U21s this season.
The left-back only trained with Coventry on Friday morning, but was handed an immediate start in Saturday’s 5-0 victory at Hartlepool United.
Coventry boss Mark Robins said: “Sunderland have helped us out massively in the way they have pushed this through, so we have to thank them for that because there was a lot of interest in him.
“But it’s a big step for him and hopefully he can fulfil his potential over the period that we have him.
“He’s made a good start as part of a very pleasing all-round performance – it was extra special because we scored all five goals at the end where our own fans were.”