Premier League side Norwich City are set to announce a deal of £350k for Sunderland youngster Bali Mumba.
English top flight side Norwich currently have that status to fight for as they sit bottom of the Premier League table, but transfer plans are already being made at the club ahead of the summer window.
Football Insider were among the first to claim that the Canaries were interested in making a move for Mumba, who has been impressing for Sunderland’s academy sides.
The 18-year-old has largely been considered one of the top talents at the Academy of Light for some time, having made a step up to the first team on 10 occasions.
Those initial reports from Football Insider were followed by the Sunderland Echo, who claimed that an initial transfer fee of £500,000 had been agreed.
Very little had followed up those reports, however, and Sunderland included the youngster on their retained list earlier this week, handing fans a hope that Norwich’s interest had dwindled.
This is another kick in the teeth for those Sunderland fans who have witnessed a large number of young players leave of late, including Josh Maja who moved to Bordeaux last season.
Mumba certainly has talent having made several senior appearances at such a tender age, but that talent will no longer be on show with the Black Cats. Norwich could well drop down to the Championship and that could hand the youngster the perfect platform to show his talent.
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