Nigeria international Michel Babatunde claims Sunderland interest

The midfielder appeared at Brazil 2014 and expects a move this summer and suggests Sunderland have been in touch with his agent

Action Images / Jason Cairnduff Nigeria's Michel Babatunde in action against Argentina's Angel Di Maria
Nigeria's Michel Babatunde in action against Argentina's Angel Di Maria

Nigeria international Michel Babatunde has claimed Sunderland are interested in bringing him to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who represented his country at the World Cup, currently plays for Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk.

But he expects to move on this summer, and says there has been interest in him from clubs both in Turkey and England with Sunderland having already been in touch with his agent.

It is a move to the Stadium of Light – and the Premier League – that holds the greatest attraction for him.

“I have received an offer from several clubs but the one from Sunderland is the one that interests me,” he 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, but most likely I will be leaving this summer.” Babatunde made two appearances in Brazil, starting two of Nigeria’s three games in Group F as the Super Eagles reached the round of 16.

But he broke his wrist a fortnight ago in the final game of the group stage against Argentina.

And that injury meant he missed the round of 16 game against France, which saw Nigeria bow out after losing 2-0 against Les Bleus.

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has spoken of his delight at extending Sweden international midfielder Seb Larsson’s stay on Wearside.

Larsson, who joined the Black Cats in 2011, was out of contract this summer and could have left on a Bosman free transfer, but signed a new three-year deal last month.

Poyet said: “When we knew there was a possibility of Seb staying, we really pushed it.

“It was very important to have a quick chat and quick agreement on the contract and get him signed.

“He was so important during the season – and especially at the end – that we were really desperate to have Seb on board with us.”

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