It is not quite the Eleventh Hour, but Sunderland are on the brink of announcing another deal from absolutely nowhere. Didier Ndong, or 'the next Michael Essien' (apparently), is about to smash our transfer record.
We love Lorient players. Lamine Kone signed, that dodgy right-back rejected us and now we are dipping into our transfer 'warchest' for a third time to pump some funds into the French Ligue 1 club. I've no idea of Ndong is, but I didn't know who Kone was either and he turned out to be an excellent player.
Describing himself as an organiser, Ndong is an all-action centre midfielder with a questionable head of hair, he is comfortable defending and influencing a game further up the field. Sylvain Ripoll said the following about the Gabon international;
“He is a complete player who can play offensively or defensively in midfield. He can provide a cutting edge and has a great character and personality.”That quote was nabbed without shame from an excellent article in French Football Weekly, which tips him to join one of Europe's biggest clubs. It's a well informed piece which I suggest you have a read through if you want to know a bit more about Ndong.
The fee is reportedly a very hefty £17 million, which would be a new transfer record for Sunderland. It sounds like loads, but so does every transfer this window so it is not much of a surprise. He, like Kone and Papy Djilobodji, would miss a chunk of the season because of the African Cup of Nations.
Having just turned 22 in June, Ndong, should the transfer be confirmed, could well have the potential to be something a bit special for Sunderland. Or not, I have no idea.