Cats hope to bring in young star as move for Vil­lans duo falls short

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SUN­DER­LAND have re­port­edly joined the queue of clubs in­ter­ested in tak­ing highly-rated Manch­ester City de­fender Tosin Adara­bioyo.

The Eng­land Un­der 19 in­ter­na­tional has been linked with a host of clubs this sum­mer in­clud­ing New­cas­tle United, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Ful­ham and Pre­ston.

And Sun­der­land boss Si­mon Grayson’s in­ter­est in the 19-year-old is known to date back to his time in charge at Deep­dale. With Papy Djilo­bodji sur­plus to re­quire­ments on Wear­side, Sun­der­land have only three recog­nised se­nior cen­tre­backs in the shape of Lamine Kone, Ty Brown­ing, and John O’Shea - and Kone’s fu­ture at the club is un­cer­tain, with trans­fer ru­mours sur­round­ing him all sum­mer.

But even if Kone stays, Grayson would like to add an­other cen­tral de­fender as cover, rather than rely on field­ing full-backs Billy Jones or Adam Matthews in an un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion as he has done on oc­ca­sion.

Adara­bioyo looked set to leave the Eti­had this sum­mer when there was a stand-off be­tween him and the club over a new con­tract.

But City even­tu­ally backed down and gave him the lu­cra­tive new deal he was de­mand­ing - an in­di­ca­tion of how highly he is thought of by boss Pep Guardi­ola.

Academy grad­u­ate Adara­bioyo has yet to make his Pre­mier League de­but for City, although he has played in the Cham­pi­ons League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup, for the Man­cu­ni­ans.

He is un­der­stood to be keen to go out on loan to get first-team ex­pe­ri­ence. Mean­while, Sun­der­land will try to per­suade As­ton Villa to loan them Ross McCor­mack on dead­line day, but it seems they will miss out on his club-mate Tommy El­ph­ick.

The Black Cats iden­ti­fied the outof-favour duo as tar­gets be­fore the sea­son started. But deals for both hit an im­passe per­haps partly while the Black Cats tried to move play­ers on.

Sun­der­land tried to res­ur­rect a loan for El­ph­ick yes­ter­day, but are un­der­stood to have been told the de­fender is not avail­able. Now they will have to turn their at­ten­tion else­where, with Manch­ester City de­fender Tosin Adara­bioyo linked.

As the Black Cats are heav­ily in debt and have been un­able to sell any se­nior play­ers since Vito Man­none joined Read­ing on July 19, they are lim­ited in what they can do in the trans­fer market.

They had hoped to sell Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri but went into the fi­nal 24 hours of busi­ness with the cen­tre-back still on board, and Khazri only set to leave on loan. The Tu­nisian play­maker was spot­ted ar­riv­ing for a med­i­cal in Rennes yes­ter­day.

Pre­mier League clubs are only al­lowed to loan one player from a ri­val but in the Foot­ball League the limit is four per sea­son. Sides can name five on-loan play­ers in a match­day squad.

Sun­der­land al­ready have Bren­dan Gal­loway and Tyias Brown­ing on loan from Ever­ton, and Lewis Grab­ban from Bournemouth.

Both El­ph­ick and McCor­mack have the Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence Grayson has been look­ing for this sum­mer but Eng­land youth in­ter­na­tional Adara­bioyo does not. Only Gal­loway and free trans­fer Rob­bin Ruiter have been signed with­out any. The York­shire­man also puts great store on those who know his meth­ods, and McCor­mack played for him at Leeds United.

Manch­ester City young­ster Tosin Adara­bioyo

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