A report from Azerbaijani outlet Azerisport (as cited by HITC Sport) has claimed that League One side Sunderland have entered talks with 22-year-old Azerbaijan international defender Bahlul Mustafazada ahead of a possible deal in the January transfer window.

The wheels are in motion as Phil Parkinson prepares for his first transfer window as Sunderland manager and it has been claimed that the Black Cats are already in talks with a potential transfer target, with reports in Azerbaijan claiming a new defender is on their radar.

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It has been reported that centre-back Bahlul Mustafazada is in talks with the League One side as Sunderland look to bring in a new defender to bolster their options at the back amid a disappointing start to the season as they look to return to the Championship.

Mustafazada currently plays in his native Azerbaijan with Sabah FK but he has previously been linked with a move to the United Kingdom, with Scottish Premiership side Celtic said keen on a move for the 22-year-old before he made the move to Sabah upon the expiry of his contract at FK Gabala.

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Mustafazada started out his career with Gabala and has since spent his entire career in his home country, playing for Sumgayit PFC in a number of separate loan spells with the club. In total, he played 18 times for Sumgayit, scoring twice along the way. He played a total of 29 times for Gabala and since departing has featured nine times for Sabah.

Now, with talks reportedly underway, it will be interesting to see if a move to Sunderland materialises for the four-cap Azerbaijan international.


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