sunderland star papy djilobodji close to joining trabzonspor

13:30    28 Aug 2018

Papy Djilobodji
Turkish Super Lig’s Trabzonspor are reportedly close to signing Senegal international Papy Djilobodji.

The 29-year-old defender and Gabon star Didier Ndong have both fallen out of favour at the English Football League (EFL)’s League One side Sunderland AFC under coach Jack Ross.

Ndong has been heavily linked with Portuguese giants SL Benfica, while Djilobodji is close to joining Trabzonspor according to the Sunderland Echo and reports in Turkey.

Ross recently confirmed that Sunderland managing director Tony Davison was working hard on their (Ndong and Djilobodji) departures.

“I said during the week I thought they were close [to leaving] and I still think that is the case,” Ross told Sunderland Echo.

“I have been in regularly contact with Tony and it is a lot of frustrating work for him but I think they will happen sooner rather than later, just a case of when.

"It has been frustrating in that sense, not just in terms of us being able to progress forward, frustrating for Tony - he has been a brilliant help to me since I took the job,” he added.

"We want to make sure on the recruitment side we do things - I don't want to say differently - but that we put something in place that will stand us in good stead for the future.

"We have not been able to do that properly yet. Tony has spent a lot of time on these players. Hopefully we will get there soon and it will free him up."

Trabzonspor held Ankaragucu to a 2-2 draw in a Super Lig match over the weekend with Morocco international Youness Mokhtar scoring a late equalizer for the latter.

On Saturday, Trabzonspor’s Super Lig encounter against defending champions Galatasaray will be televised live on Fox Sports 2.

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