Sunderland linked with surprising striker swoop as Chad international 'offered' trial

Striker Haroun Tchaouna has claimed that Sunderland have offered him the chance to join the club on a trial basis – but he will only make the move on one condition.

A striker is reportedly considering a trial spell with Sunderland
A striker is reportedly considering a trial spell with Sunderland

The Chad international forward, who counts Stade Rennais among his former clubs, is currently training with French side Angers.

But should he fail to earn a deal, he claims that Sunderland could be an option - with stating the striker has been offered a trial.

However, he will not commit to heading to Wearside until he learns his fate at the Ligue 1 outfit.

Tchaouna said: “The Sunderland club has invited me to come, but I’m waiting for the result of my test with Angers.”

Meanwhile, Salford City boss Graham Alexander has revealed why he dropped Jack Baldwin for the Ammies’ win over Grimsby Town.

The League Two outfit claimed a 1-0 win on home soil against the Mariners, for whom Ethan Robson featured as a second half substitute.

Alexander opted to switch to a back three for the midweek clash, and felt some National League grit was needed - hence the decision to drop the Sunderland loanee.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “We looked at it, we looked at the big players and the players that got us into the Football League really.

“And that’s no detriment to the new lads that we’ve brought in but we felt tonight was a sort of game for us to dig into what we’ve done previous really and use that, and that’s what we decided to do.”