That Papy Djilobodji remains a Sunderland player is something of a surprise, given an exit has been expected since before the transfer window opened.

The defender has been linked with a string of clubs over the past few months, and a deal has been reportedly close more than once.

On August 26th it was reported in Turkey that Trabzonspor had managed to convince Sunderland over a loan move for the defender, and there was confidence a deal could be completed.

Djilobodji himself was said to be keen on the move, with it previously being claimed personal terms had been agreed, and once Sunderland had agreed it was thought everything would go through relatively smoothly… but that hasn’t happened.

Hannover 96 have since moved in, and Germany’s Neue Presse reports the club are putting all their efforts into signing the player.

‘Everything’ is being focused on signing the Sunderland player, but things will need to move quickly to complete a deal before the window closes.

There are other options, but Djilobodji is the favourite.