City target Mumba close to Sunderland exit door confirms Black Cats boss Parkinson

PUBLISHED: 15:51 03 July 2020 | UPDATED: 15:51 03 July 2020

Bali Mumba in League One action for Sunderland Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire

Bali Mumba in League One action for Sunderland Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire

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Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has confirmed that the club have received a bid from a Premier League side for hot prospect Bali Mumba - with Norwich City keen to land the young midfielder.

Mumba, a highly-regarded young talent, is a player the Canaries hold strong interest in signing - with reports earlier this month indicating a deal had been struck between the two parties for the 18-year-old.

A fee of £350,000 including add-ons is rumoured to have been agreed, with the England Under-19s international’s contract expiring next summer.

The Black Cats are set for another season in League One after the curtailment of the third tier campaign saw their late play-off push end.

Mumba has made 10 senior appearances for the Wearsiders despite being a player supporters hoped would help lead the club into their bold new era under Stewart Donald’s ownership.

Bali Mumba, left, in League One action for Sunderland against Charlton Athletic Picture: Graham Stuart/PA WireBali Mumba, left, in League One action for Sunderland against Charlton Athletic Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire

Speaking about Mumba’s potential exit from the club, boss Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Newcastle: “We want to keep all our best young players.

“There’s been an offer from a Premier League team – or from a Premier League team at the moment, whether they will be at the end of the season is another matter – and it’s kind of a decision [taken] above me on that one. We’ll see whether it gets finalised or not.”

Sunderland lost striker Josh Maja in January 2019 due to the youngster running down his contract. Maja is said to have used his contractual situation to leverage a move to French side Bordeaux - and striking a blow to the Black Cats promotion hopes in the process.

Parkinson has indicated that Mumba has informed the club he won’t be penning a new deal - meaning he could walk away from the Stadium of Light for a modest compensation fee next summer.

Reports have suggested that City have struck an agreement with Sunderland for the young midfielder. Picture: Graham Stuart/PA WireReports have suggested that City have struck an agreement with Sunderland for the young midfielder. Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire

“The problem is, as we all know, as contracts draw to a close and if a new contract hasn’t been agreed, the lure of a move becomes very appealing to those players and their agents.

“Sometimes, if it is made clear to a club that a player is not going to re-sign, it’s best to get the maximum money you can at that time for that player and invest it elsewhere.”

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