Sunderland are eyeing up a move for highly-rated winger Junior Mondal, who was formerly contracted to Championship outfit Middlesbrough, according to HITC Sport.

The 21-year-old wide man made a name for himself after scoring and assisting five times for Middlesbrough under-23s in Premier League 2 back in the 2016/17 season but found first-team opportunities hard to come by and was let go by the club that summer.

Mondal then moved onto Yorkshire-based non-league club Whitby Town, where he has earned plenty of praise from fans and manager Chris Hardy alike, the latter of whom said the following of the winger in a recent interview:

“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.”

Injuries have been a problem in the past for the 21-year-old, whose development stalled at the Riverside following a string of injury lay-offs, but with a year of football in non-league with Whitby Town behind him, Mondal could soon be ready to bounce straight back into the Football League.

However, Sunderland are not alone in their pursuit of the tricky winger, with League One rivals Scunthorpe also looking to secure his services on a free transfer over the coming weeks.

It’s unlikely Mondal would see a huge amount of first-team action during his first season at the club with Chris Maguire, George Honeyman and Lynden Gooch all ahead in the pecking order, but this move would still represent a great opportunity for the former Aberdeen trialist.

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