Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Mateo Bajamich's destination 'revealed' as Cats hunt for signing number seven
With the start of the League One season on the horizon, Sunderland AFC are continuing their preparations for their season opener against Bristol Rovers.
And bubbling away in the background is plenty of off-field takeover and transfer talk, with Phil Parkinson still keen to add to his squad before the October 16 recruitment deadline.
We’ll have the latest on the Black Cats’ hunt for new players throughout the day – so simply scroll down for fresh updates as the day progresses:
Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news LIVE: 11 September
Last updated: Friday, 11 September, 2020, 13:17
- Sunderland remain in the market for at least one new signing - with Phil Parkinson targeting a left-back
- The Black Cats could be frustrated in their attempts to land Mateo Bajamich, however.
- The League One season begins tomorrow as Sunderland host Bristol Rovers - who have completed an eye-catching signing on the eve of the new campaign
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Has Mateo Bajamich’s destination been revealed?
Sunderland are keen on Argentinian striker Mateo Bajamich - but the vice-president of his current club has suggested that he may be bound for the MLS.
Mariano Carbonari, the vice-chairman of Instituto, told local radio that a deal for Bajamich to move on was ‘advanced’ and name-dropped Houston Dynamo as a likely destination.
“The exit of Mateo Bajamich is advanced,” he said.
"(Head coach Fernando Quiroz) knew that the club needs the income to continue improving, so he understood the departures of Malcom Braida and Mateo Bajamich (were necessary).
“Whenever an offer for a player arrives, it is analysed."
Benji Kimpioka’s agent has been discussing the forward’s future
After Phil Parkinson urged Kimpioka to make a quick decision on his future, agent Martin Klette has offered his side of the story…
He told the Swedish press that discussions were continuing with Sunderland with the forward having already turned down three other clubs.
I can confirm that we are discussing a possible new 1 + 1 year agreement with Sunderland’s CEO Jim Rodwell.
We had a telephone meeting last Friday and it is Sunderland who have the ball. That it has taken a long time is mainly due to coach Phil Parkinson.
We had contact, both he and I, and he, me and Benjamin this summer but after discussing the agreement and Benjamin’s situation at the club for several weeks, he did not return at first and then he announced that contract discussions were not his table but he referred to their CEO. He should have known that from the beginning.
That Benjamin has remained in Sweden and trained instead of going over to England and been in quarantine due to the corona[virus] rules is Sunderland’s own proposal so it will be a bit strange for Phil Parkinson to say that it is Benjamin who chooses to miss the pre-season.
The discussion with Jim Rodwell feels constructive. Benjamin is interested in staying at Sunderland if their football plans for him feel good and he gets a fair deal. He has turned down three Allsvenskan clubs while waiting for it to be clear whether he will stay in Sunderland or not.
The latest team news from the Sunderland camp
Elliot Embleton looks set to miss Sunderland's opening League One fixture against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, but should come back into contention next week.
Phil Parkinson is backing Embleton to make an impact this season, but his pre-season campaign was disrupted by a thigh injury from which he has now almost recovered.
"He's nearly there," Parkinson said.
"He's done most of the work in training today and hopefully he'll be back fully next week."
Parkinson has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from, and has not yet ruled out Danny Graham and Arbenit Xhemajli from playing a part.
Both players made their competitive debuts in the 8-1 win over Aston Villa U23s on Tuesday night.
Xhemajli played the full 90 minutes, while Graham scored in an impressive cameo from the bench.
Phil Parkinson explains what comes next in the transfer market
And welcome to our Sunderland AFC live blog!
Well, it may not have the same feeling as seasons gone by - but League One football is BACK tomorrow!
Sunderland are, of course, hosting Bristol Rovers and we’ll have all the build-up to that game right here.
As well as that, we’ll keep you updated on any major transfer developments.
So stick with us throughout the day…