Sunderland sign young striker from France as Cattermole looks to move in the opposite direction

Whilst Jack Ross is still searching for a striker to add to the senior squad, Sunderland have managed to complete the signing of young Frenchman Lilyan Compper. Meanwhile, Lee Cattermole is looking to make a move to France to reunite with Gus Poyet.

by Molly_Burke Monday, 13 August 2018 05:47 PM Comments

Academy manager Paul Reid had already previously claimed that Sunderland had signed a young French player and it has now been confirmed to be 16-year-old Lilyan Compper who has arrived on a two-year deal from COS Villers. 

The former AS Nancy teen admitted he had already trained with both the under-18s and under-23s as the club looked to test his ability before they decided to snap him up. 

Similar to Lynden Gooch when he first moved from the US, Compper is staying with a host family as he opted to leave his family and friends back in France, but claimed "this is a must if you want to one day become pro."

Whilst the Frenchman has joined the club, Lee Cattermole is looking to go the opposite way, with former Sunderland gaffer Gus Poyet keen to bring him to Bordeaux. 

It is looking likely that it will be a season long loan and, despite Hull City reportedly showing interest in the 30-year-old, Bordeaux's interest is at a very advantage stage and Catts is keen to make the move to France. 

Bordeaux are currently competing in the Europa League and Poyet - who arguably got the best out of the midfielder during his time on Wearside - believes Cattermole would improve his midfield options as they look to progress through the qualifying rounds. 

However, it is unlikely that the French side would be willing to pay all of Cattermole's £40,000-a-week wages and Sunderland may have to consider paying a proportion of his salary if they want to see the back of him before the end of the month. 

As Jack Ross and Stewart Donald look to get our highest earners off the books, it is looking like Papy Djilobodji is likely to head out on loan for the second season in a row.

The defender has no intention of playing in League One and it is unlikely anyone wants to see his name in the starting XI anyway, so fans will be happy to know Hannover 96 have discussed a possible move with Djilobodji's representatives. Borussia Monchengladbach are also keen on bringing the former Chelsea man to the Bundesliga but Hannover's negotiations are at a much more advanced stage. 


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