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