Sunderland have confirmed that they have the option to sign Bayern Munich goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann and Union Berlin forward Leon Dajaku permanently next summer, which has drawn an excited response from many Black Cats supporters.
The North East club had a busy Deadline Day, signing the German duo on loan while sending Jack Diamond to Harrogate Town and Will Grigg to Rotherham United until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Hoffman, a 6ft4ins 22-year-old shot-stopper, arrived from the Bundesliga champions following previous loan moves with Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig.
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His compatriot Dajaku, a 20-year-old versatile forward that is most comfortable on the wing, left Bayern to join Union Berlin back in January and has now made the switch to Sunderland.
Those moves were announced before yesterday’s deadline but the North East club waited until the early hours of this morning to reveal that the Black Cats had the option of signing both permanently next summer.
Oh, and did we not mention that we have the option to sign both Leon and Thorben permanently next summer?
Gute Nacht 😉😴 pic.twitter.com/i28asHzBrB
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 31, 2021
Unsurprisingly, that has been well received by the Stadium of Light faithful – with many Sunderland supporters taking to Twitter to voice their excitement…
Yes keep waking me up with good news like this lads
— Christian Luke Forster (@ChristianLukeF1) August 31, 2021
— Simon Johnson (@j60nta2) September 1, 2021
— Paul (@paulthomase) August 31, 2021
— Robert (@_robertsafc) August 31, 2021
oh your beautiful
— liam 🏴 (@liamwalshx_) August 31, 2021
Jesus Christ what a club
— Joseph (@jpsleightholme1) August 31, 2021
I love this new Sunderland
— PeterSafc3 (@peterra09673133) August 31, 2021
What a transfer window by the new recruitment team 👏👏
Journeymen gone. Replaced with promising young’uns from some of Europe’s top clubs + quality, experienced players from the divisions above. Look to have been shrewd in the negotiations too. #SAFC https://t.co/7BmImQhMFN
— Steven Hardy (@stevenxhardy) September 1, 2021