Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo is being linked with a move abroad and the chance to play Champions League football according to a report in the Northern Echo.
Belgium side Club Brugge are set to rekindle their interest in the Costa Rica international after missing out in January. Their initial approach faltered due to wage demands, and Oviedo was set to join WBA, but the deal controversially collapsed on deadline day.
Oviedo soon put any disappointment behind him and played an important role in Sunderland’s end of season push to the League One playoffs and the Echo claims the Belgium side are now in a better financial position to offer the twenty-nine-year-old an attractive package having finished second in the Belgium League to qualify for the qualifying stages of Europe’s premier club competition.
Oviedo is about to enter the final year of his contract on Wearside, and the club is eager to get high earners off the payroll after they failed to secure an immediate return to the Championship.
Sunderland have cover in the position in Reece James and young Denver Hume and will be keen to get one of the club’s highest earners out the squad.
Oviedo is too good for League One and showed a brilliant attitude after his move away from Wearside fell through in January.
Sunderland fans will be sad to see him go, but most will understand and wish him all the best if the report is accurate and he makes a move abroad.