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Sunderland transfer deal collapses despite club agreement over £6.6m fee

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Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong’s move to Torino is off, according to The Sunderland Echo.

The deal – reported to be in the region of £6.6m – has collapsed after a breakdown in negotiations over personal terms.

Ndong had been expected to finalise a switch to Italy after the Serie A side, managed by former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, had a bid accepted by Sunderland.

The 23-year-old joined Sunderland in summer 2016 and has played 54 games for the club.

He was most recently on loan at Watford after joining the Premier League team in January but he failed to make an appearance for the Hornets.

Sunderland are looking to sell Ndong but the Torino move looks to be off.

This could encourage Cardiff City to re-enter the race for his signature.

The Bluebirds have previously been credited with an interest in the defensive midfielder following their promotion to the Premier League with Neil Warnock keen to strengthen his options in that department.

They will face competition from Serie A side Atalanta and French club Amiens, who are both keen on the Gabon international.

Sunderland will continue to try to shift Ndong to get his wages off their books.

The Verdict

This is a blow for the Black Cats as Ndong’s hefty wages would be cleared from the books and a sizeable transfer fee would be coming their way.

Whether they can convince another team to pay that amount of money remains to be seen but they will be holding out for a similar figure.

Ndong’s wages are not feasible at League One level and selling him would allow Sunderland to reinvest those funds by signing new players.

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