Sunderland linked with Wigan Athletic's Viv Solomon-Otabor - but who is he?
The Black Cats have been linked with a move for the winger.
Indeed, Sunderland’s transfer team – including Stuart Harvey and Kristjaan Speakman – are looking to identify reinforcements ahead of a busy summer at the Stadium of Light.
Here, though, we take a look at everything you need to know about the Wigan Athletic attacker:
Viv Solomon-Otabor – fact file:
Club: Wigan Athletic
National team: Nigeria
What’s the story surrounding Viv Solomon-Otabor?
Sunderland are among a host of clubs credited with an interest in Wigan Athletic winger Viv Solomon-Otabor.
Charlton Athletic, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth have also been linked with the wideman who is set to be out of contract this summer.
The 25-year-old’s deal with Wigan expires at the end of this month.
That means he will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Does Viv Solomon-Otabor have much League One experience?
The attacker started his career at Birmingham City and broke through into the Blues’ first team in the Championship, making 33 second-tier appearances during his time in the Midlands.
Solomon-Otabor also bagged Birmingham City’s Young Player of the Season award during the 2015-2016 campaign.
However, Solomon-Otabor found himself out on loan more often than not, enjoying stints with Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool and Portsmouth in League One, meaning he has plenty of third-tier experience.
The attacker then enjoyed a spell at CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian top flight before joining Wigan Athletic in League One last season.
Solomon-Otabor made 28 appearances in the league of the Latics as they avoided the drop.
What happened to Viv Solomon-Otabor in Bulgaria?
The player penned a three-year deal with CSKA Sofia at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
He made 22 appearances in all competitions, scored once in 19 league matches and represented the club in the Europa League.
However, when before Bulgarian football was suspended in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Solomon-Otabor's contract was cancelled for financial reasons.
Following the controversial international match between England and Bulgaria in October 2019, Viv Solomon-Otabor became a target for racial abuse from supporters of opposing clubs and of his own.