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Sunderland interested in move for 20-cap international, move could be ‘very tough’ to push through

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Sunderland are reportedly plotting a move for Giorgi Aburjania, according to Sport Cartagena.

The central midfielder is facing an uncertain future with his contract at Spanish side FC Catagena due to expire in the next few days, meaning that he’s likely to be moving on.

The 26-year-old has already played for a number of clubs in his career with the likes of Sevilla B, FC Twente and Real Oviedo among the clubs on his CV.

As per the reports, it’s claimed that the Georgia international is on the verge of a move to the Stadium Of Light as Lee Johnson looks to strengthen his side.

Midfield options are somewhat limited at present with Max Power and Grant Leadbitter moving on, while uncertainty is still building around the future of players such as Luke O’Nien and George Dobson.

However a move for Aburjania could be a tricky one to pull off, according to Chronicle Live’s Matty Hewitt.

The Sunderland reporter believes that the midfielder could struggle to secure a work permit due to Georgia place at 88th in the world rankings, describing his chances of earning one as ‘very tough’.

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The verdict

This is a move that seems like a bit of a long shot.

While Giorgi Aburjania is clearly a decent player there has to be question marks over the move due to his lack of experience playing in England.

That’s not to say that he won’t be able to come in and hit the ground running, but if Lee Johnson is looking for players who can kick on in League One, this feels like something of a punt.

That said, he is available on a free transfer and so if a work permit could be secured then it could end up being a shrewd addition.


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