Sunderland face loan competition from these EFL clubs for Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo

Sunderland face competition from several Football League clubs to land Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo on loan next month.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 4:00 pm

Phil Parkinson has confirmed his interest in the striker, with Sunderland aiming to make up to five new signings when the window opens.

The 19-year-old netted six times during a loan spell at Newport County last term, but is yet to get off the mark at Bristol City.

On Semenyo, Parkinson told the Echo: “He is a player we have looked at and has pace and power. He is someone we have been monitoring.”

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Leeds United's Kalvin Philips is tackled by Bristol City's Antoine Semenyo.
Leeds United's Kalvin Philips is tackled by Bristol City's Antoine Semenyo.

A number of other clubs are keeping tabs on him including League One rivals Doncaster Rovers plus League Two sides Swindon Town and Newport County.

Bristol Live report: “Semenyo has been City's designated home-developed player in their matchday squad and has made nine appearances across the season but has failed to make a consistent impact and could benefit from time away from BS3.

“City head coach Lee Johnson has admitted he wants to trim his squad in January but Semenyo's destination will also be strategic with the club, through loans manager Brian Tinnion, identifying exactly the best home for him to enhance his development.

“The Robins will want the teenager to play for a team who like to attack and, ultimately, can offer Semenyo plenty of minutes otherwise there is simply no point in letting him leave.

“The other question it presents to City is who to have in the squad as the club-developed player, as EFL rules dictate every team must have at least one in the matchday 18.”