Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson is believed to be targeting Argentinian striker Mateo Bajamich. Speaking earlier on Saturday, Parkinson gave an update on his striker search to the Sunderland Echo. It is believed that the Black Cats have launched a £500,000 bid for the 21-year-old.
Sunderland Bid for Argentinian Striker Mateo Bajamich
Phil Parkinson Gives Update
“Like I said when we signed Arbenit, we have to spread our net wide to add the quality we need into the squad,” Parkinson said.
“He’s a player we’ve obviously looked at and along with a number of targets, we’d like to add another couple into the group sooner rather than later.”
Bajamich Would Not Count Towards Salary Cap Rules
Clubs in League One and Two are under pressure due to the new salary cap rules. Sunderland, even though they have more financial leeway than others are no exception. However, players aged 21 or under do not count to either the salary cap, nor the numbers in the first-team squad.
Parkinson added: “Obviously if it’s an U21 player, they don’t count towards the salary cap in terms of the wages and also the squad number.
“It would be ideal if one of the places we were able to bring in was an U21 player, because then it would mean we could bring in an extra senior player into the squad.”
Who is Mateo Bajamich?
Mateo Bajamich is a 21-year-old striker. He currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second tier of Argentine football for Instituto. He has currently played 29 games in all competitions, scoring 10 goals. Bajamich holds Croatian citizenship, meaning he will not need a work permit to play for Sunderland.
Parkinson Looking Closely at Former Striker Danny Graham
Sunderland have been looking at bringing in at least one new striker this transfer window, with former player Danny Graham heavily linked. Speaking earlier in the week Phil Parkinson gave this update on Graham.
“Danny is a player we have spoken to, along with a number of other players in that position,” he said.
“He was in last week doing some training with us, and it was important for him to do that and work on his fitness – he’s in good shape, and he hasn’t stopped playing that long because he was at Blackburn when the Championship season continued.
“There’s an interest there, as I’ve said previously, and we are working on that alongside a couple of other things next week.”
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