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Sunderland closing in on loan deal to sign Amad Diallo

An update has emerged on Sunderland and their pursuit of Amad Diallo in the summer transfer window…

What’s the talk?

The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope has claimed that the Black Cats are on the verge of bringing the Ivorian in on a temporary basis.

He Tweeted: “Sunderland are closing in on a loan move for Manchester United winger Amad Diallo.”

The window slams shut on Thursday at 11 pm and the club look set to secure the gem’s services without rushing about at the last minute.

Tony Mowbray’s own Aiden McGeady

Sunderland officially appointed Tony Mowbray on a two-year deal this week and he could now land his own version of McGeady by signing Amad.

The Irish winger enjoyed a sublime spell with the Black Cats as he racked up 149 appearances, 36 goals, and 34 assists during his time on Wearside – a contribution every 2.12 games.

Would Amad be a good signing?

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He is known for his trickery on the wing, having a skill move named after him, and Amad could offer a similar level of magic – albeit on the other side of the pitch.

England international Luke Shaw previously hailed the £29k-per-week earner’s ability on the ball, saying:

“He’s a wonderful talent and already a wonderful player so I’m sure fans are looking forward to seeing him on the pitch.

“It was interesting because Harry (Maguire) said to me the other day that he reminds him of Mahrez when he was at Leicester. Really quick, skilful, agility, can turn really quick, got great skills and I would agree with Harry – he does remind me of Mahrez.”

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Journalist Josh Bunting claimed that he would be “electric” in the Championship and he embarrassed an opposition player with a sublime piece of skill during his loan spell at Rangers last term.

The 20-year-old gem has the flashy ability on the ball to excite supporters in the way that McGeady did, but does he have the end product to match?

In 125 club matches at youth and senior level, the Ivorian has found the back of the net 48 times and assisted 29 goals – a contribution every 1.62 games. This includes an eye-catching six goals and four assists in five outings for United’s U21 side.

If he can make the step to the Championship and chip in with goals and assists at a similar rate to his career so far then he could make a huge impact in the final third, becoming the left-footed version of McGeady for Mowbray’s Black Cats.

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