According to The Sunderland Echo, League One side Sunderland are interested in signing former-Middlesbrough Winger Junior Mondal, who currently plays for Evo-Stik Premier North side Whitby Town.

Junior Mondal will not be a name known to many Sunderland, or even Middlesbrough fans. The 21-year old didn’t make a senior appearance for Boro since he joined their academy in 2013, and ultimately left the club to play for Whitby Town in the seventh tier of English football.

The winger is now set to be given a chance in the Football League with Sunderland reportedly interested in bringing Mondal to the Stadium of Light. However, Jack Ross’ side will have to wait until January to pursue a deal for the youngster.

After Mondal left Middlesbrough, he had trials at Aberdeen, before joining Whitby Town. Upon signing, Town manager Chris Hardy said: “Junior is an exciting talent. He’s in a good place at the moment.

“We’re hopeful of getting him regular football and getting him on the scoresheet regularly as well. Hopefully if he performs regularly, it will give him a really good platform to go and do some good things in the game.”

Hardy has given him this opportunity, and he has impressed in his first year at the club, scoring nine goals since he arrived in November 2017, which is decent striker record for a wide-midfielder.

It is not yet reported of the figure in which Sunderland are looking to pay for Mondal, or if the player will be taken on a short-term or season-long loan deal.

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