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Sunderland facing battle to keep defender amid interest from Bundesliga club



Sunderland could lose one of their prize youngsters this summer after it emerged that Bundesliga outfit Mainz hold an interest in him.

HITC Sport are reporting that a number of clubs have scouted Michael Ledger and Mainz are among the sides ready to make a move.

Michael Ledger spent last season out on loan at Viking Stavanger, who play in the Norwegian league.

The young defender joined in March and made fourteen first team appearances, during which time he significantly impressed and attracted a lot of attention.

With the Norwegian season still ongoing, Viking were keen to keep Ledger at the club but Sunderland want their starlet back for pre-season.

However, the teenager is attracting interest from a number of Bundesliga sides, including Mainz, as well as earning admirers from the Scottish Premiership and League One.

It is believed that the Scottish Premiership and League One clubs have enquired to see if Sunderland will allow the 19-year-old to leave on loan again.

Michael Ledger is a tall centre half with all the physical attributes to make it to the top level.

It remains to be seen where Ledger will play his football next season.

At the moment, he could remain at Sunderland for their Championship campaign and try to break into the first team, head out on loan again or be sold permanently to a Bundesliga club such as Mainz.

Sunderland fans – would you like to keep Ledger? Let us know below…

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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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