The Sunderland Echo are claiming an exclusive that Adnan Januzaj is set for a loan spell at the Stadium of Light.
Januzaj – who announced himself in the Premier League with a brace in a game at Sunderland in the 2013/14 season – found games hard to come by last season but, with the exit of a number of players in the forward line, it was expected that the young Belgian would be more integral to Louis van Gaal’s plans this year, and maybe even as a forward.
However the Sunderland Echo claim that a deal is pretty close. Their report:
Sunderland are in talks with Manchester United over a loan move for forward Adnan Januzaj.
The Black Cats are on the verge of sealing deals for midfield pair Leroy Fer and Yann M’Vila, and it is understood that they are also hoping to secure a third loan by pulling off a transfer coup for Januzaj.
The Echo understands that Sunderland have held productive discussions with United over Januzaj.
There have been rumours about Sunderland’s possible interest in Januzaj throughout the summer, with Everton also keeping a close eye on the situation after seeing a loan approach in the January transfer window rejected by Man United.
But the Echo understands that Sunderland have held productive discussions with United over Januzaj and they are hoping to seal a season-long switch which would provide a major boost to their attacking ranks.
Januzaj started just seven Premier League outings for United last season after making a huge impression in his breakthrough season under David Moyes 12 months earlier.
But United boss Louis van Gaal indicated last month that he had been impressed by Januzaj during their pre-season campaign and would use the 20-year-old in a central striker role this season.
However, United are still in the market for further attacking reinforcements – principally Barcelona’s Pedro – while van Gaal and fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat have known each other for decades.
Sunderland can also boast a successful record in developing youngsters from the Premier League’s heavyweights during loan spells.
Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans and Danny Rose have all established themselves at their parent clubs after stints with Sunderland.
Signing Januzaj would represent a major boost to Sunderland’s attack, which was the second worst in the Premier League last season, albeit the Black Cats have subsequently spent £8million on winger Jeremain Lens.