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Cardiff City set to hand a lifeline to big money Sunderland player

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Cardiff City are interested in signing Didier Ndong from Sunderland, according to reports from Gabon.

Gabonese media outlet iSPORT are reporting that Ndong is a summer target for newly-promoted Cardiff as they look to bolster their options in midfield.

Neil Warnock could pair 18-cap Gabon international Ndong with his fellow countryman Bruno Ecuele Manga in South Wales.

Ndong is almost certainly heading for the exit door at The Stadium of Light this summer after they suffered another relegation and will now be playing their football in League One.

Sunderland are actively looking to flog a number of their high-earning players from the Premier League era and Ndong is one of these.

Having signed for a club-record fee of £13.6m when he joined from Lorient in summer 2016, his wages will be too hefty for a League One club to maintain.

Ndong played 22 games for Sunderland this year and was sent off against Cardiff in his last match for the Black Cats, before he joined Premier League side Watford on loan until the end of the season.

But the 23-year-old did not play a single game for the Hornets and now his future looks up in the air.

Cardiff could be about to hand him a lifeline, though, as they look for new central midfielders.

The Verdict

Warnock will have Ndong as a contingency plan if he fails to keep two of his instrumental midfield men from last season: Aron Gunnarsson and Craig Bryson.

Bryson is waiting to see what parent club Derby offer him before deciding whether to join Cardiff permanently while Gunnarsson is out of contract and although he has been offered a new deal, Cardiff will have back-up options in place.

Bringing in Ndong would be a major risk given the fact that he has not lived up to the heights expected of him, but he is still young and he would have grown as a player after a difficult season.

Cardiff fans – Would you like Ndong? Sunderland fans – Where will Ndong be playing his football next season? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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