Report: Sunderland enter talks to sign Bahlul Mustafazada

New Sunderland AFC manager Phil Parkinson pictured at The Academy of Light on October 17, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

Phil Parkinson could have another new defender at the Stadium of Light with Azerbaijan international Mustafazada reportedly set for the League One side.

New Sunderland AFC manager Phil Parkinson pictured at The Academy of Light on October 17, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

Phil Parkinson could make Bahlul Mustafazada his first signing at Sunderland with Azerisport claiming that the Azerbaijan international is in talks over a January move to the Stadium of Light.

The 22-year-old has been tipped for a move to Western Europe for some time now having spent much of the last few months being linked to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

In quotes reported by the Scottish Sun earlier in the year, Mustafazada admitted that he would ‘jump’ at the chance to wear the famous green and white Hoops. But when his contract at Gabala expired, he joined Azerbaijan outfit Sabah FK on a free transfer instead.

 

However, reports suggest that he could be on the move again in the new year.

Azerisport claims that Mustafazada has held preliminary talks with Sunderland ahead of a potential switch to the Stadium of Light on the cards.

General view of the Stadium of Light during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic held on February 1, 2003 at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland,...

Speaking to the same publication, the young centre-back admitted that he wants to move away from Azerbaijan sooner rather than later, though he stopped short of commenting directly on claims that he is Wearside-bound.

The Black Cats kept their first clean sheet of the League One season during Saturday’s 1-0 win against Shrewsbury Town but, with Alim Ozturk suffering another injury in the 2-1 EFL Trophy defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday, Parkinson would surely welcome some added depth at the back.

Alim Ozturk of Sunderland during the Carabao Cup First Round between Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday at Stadium of Light on August 16, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

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