Sunderland are close to signing Nottingham Forest attacker Ateef Konate on loan until the end of the season. According to Alan Nixon, Tony Mowbray is set to land the 21-year-old as he looks to bolster his forward line.
Konate signed for Forest from Le Havre. He’s been a big part of the club’s academy during the last couple of seasons and during 2021/22, he made an appearance for the first team.
His performance have seen him win praise from being the scenes. Former under-21 manager Dave Rogers called the player ‘calmness personified’ following an eye-catching performance.
Sunderland are chasing promotion to the Premier League this season. They’re flying high in the second tier and perhaps need a player or two to push them on before the transfer window closes.
Konate would surely welcome the chance to head out and play some regular football. He will have been hoping to gain a chance this season already but the Reds chose not to loan him out in the summer.
Steve Cooper is a big fan of the Frenchman. He utilised him during pre-season and now a move to Sunderland looks like being the next stage in his very young career.
Sunderland close to signing Konate and it’s a great move
This is some move for the talented Forest youngster. Sunderland get huge crowds and Konate will get to play some first-team football at a club that is definitely on the up.
Mowbray has replaced Alex Neil seamlessly at the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats are in safe hands. If they do secure back-to-back promotions this season, they’d be a welcome addition to the Premier League.
It’s been a turbulent few years for Sunderland. Now, they’re definitely back, however, and Konate will fancy his chances of getting in the team in the North East.
Forest will monitor this loan with intrigue. The player has the potential to become a really talented player and it’ll be fascinating to see how he does with Sunderland.