Transfer talk - Nigeria midfielder claims Sunderland interest

Michel Babatunde
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NIGERIA midfielder Michel Babatunde claims Sunderland are one of several Premier League clubs looking to sign him.

Babatunde made two appearances for his country at the World Cup before breaking his wrist in Nigeria’s final group game against Argentina.

The 21-year-old says his agent has subsequently been contacted by Sunderland and expects to leave Ukraine outfit Volyn Lutsk this summer.

“I have received an offer from several clubs but the one from Sunderland is the one that interests me,” Babatunde said.

“I have received several offers from different places, but I’m interested in the one from Sunderland. They have contacted my agent and we will see how it goes from there.

“There are about two offers from clubs in Turkey as well, which are both under consideration and will be discussed at the right time.

“I’m probably going to leave Volyn. We have to discuss the offers on ground but most likely, I will be leaving this summer.”

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was at the World Cup as a broadcasting pundit for ITV.

But Sunderland’s focus in the transfer market this summer has been on players with Premier League experience and Babatunde does not fall into that category.