Young defender set for Sunderland move

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According to our well-informed youth correspondent Jeorge Bird, Semi Ajayi is on trial with Sunderland this week, and played for their Under 21s yesterday as they mull over a move.

Although he made the squad on a couple of occasions this season due to the injury crisis and lack of defenders, the 21 year old wasn’t handed a first team debut.

The move is curious as he only moved from Charlton to Arsenal in 2013, signing a two year deal which expires this summer.

He was also called up by Nigeria for the African Cup of Nations but declined the invitation to concentrate on his club career.

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If he has impressed sufficiently to make the move to the north-east he’d join fellow ex-Gunners Vito Mannone and Seb Larsson at the Black Cats.

Although Larsson is a regular, the Italian keeper lost his place to Costel Pantilimon despite being voted Sunderland’s Player of the Season in his first campaign there.

Should Ajayi depart, the fact that Isaac Hayden has had ankle surgery, means that the two most likely ‘youth’ candidates to step up if required will be no longer available to him.

Does that suggest a transfer market move is imminent?

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