TRANSFER TALK - Ex-Sunderland flop Modibo Diakite to join Sampdoria

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EX-SUNDERLAND defender Modibo Diakite is expected to return to Serie A with Sampdoria, according to reports in Italy.

Diakite had his Sunderland contract ripped up by mutual consent during the summer after just seven appearances for the Black Cats following a Bosman move from Lazio.

The French centre-half joined Deportivo La Coruna, but he is now a free agent again after the end of his short-term deal.

Reports in Italy today have indicated that Diakite is undergoing a medical at Sampdoria today and will agree a contract until the end of the season.