Sunderland mount audacious bid for Man United star Adnan Januzaj
Sunderland have launched an audacious attempt to take Manchester United forward Adnan Januzaj on loan for the season and could complete the move before the weekend.
Januzaj was once considered integral to Manchester United’s plans under former manager David Moyes, but has fallen down the pecking order under Louis van Gaal, who appreciates he needs to be playing regularly to progress.
Januzaj, who elected to play for Belgium before the 2014 World Cup, was a huge hit that season, but Van Gaal has had less faith in him and his development has slowed as he spent most of the Dutchman’s first term on the bench.
The 20-year-old made only seven league appearances last season and although van Gaal said he had been impressed with the youngster in pre-season, he remains unlikely to start many games in a central striker position.
Sunderland have had success taking United players on loan in the past with the likes of Danny Simpson, Fraizer Campbell, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck all benefiting from their time on Wearside.
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is also looking to sign QPR midfielder Leroy Fer on loan for the season and Director of Football Lee Congerton is discussing a similar move for Ruben Kazan defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila.
But the capture of Januzaj would represent a major coup for the club as they look to end a persistent cycle of relegation battles.
However, other club are likely to be interested which means Januzaj will have a decision to make about where he wants to play this season.