German side confirm rejected bid for Sunderland winger

Fortuna Dusseldorf are considering whether to make an improved bid for up-for-grabs Sunderland winger Charis Mavrias

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 1:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:28 pm
Charis Mavrias

Mavrias made 14 appearances for German second division side Fortuna in the second half of last season after joining them on loan in January.

There was a £400,000 clause to convert the loan into a permanent switch, but that has now expired.

However, Fortuna have seen a subsequent bid rejected by Sunderland and are now contemplating whether to up their offer for Mavrias, who has just 12 months remaining on his Black Cats contract.

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"Sunderland have rejected our offer, which was probably too low," Fortuna head coach Friedhelm Funkel told the German press.

"We have to think about it and I do not know how we will proceed.

"It is quite clear that there are economic limits and we are always looking for alternatives. Whether it works with Mavrias or not, I don't know."

"Harry is very fast and can play attractive football. I think he is a really good player."

Mavrias - a £2.5million signing from Greek side Panathinaikos in the summer of 2013 - has made just one first-team appearance for Sunderland in the last two-and-a-half years.

That came as a second half substitute in January's FA Cup third round defeat at Arsenal, three weeks before he left to join Fortuna.