Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Fulop Is Eager to Cut Ties with Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Fulop Is Eager to Cut Ties with Cats

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

MARTON Fulop has told Sunderland he wants to cut his ties with the club in the January transfer window but Black Cats target Matthew Taylor may be interested in a move to Wearside if there is no improvement in his situation at Portsmouth.

With an estimated pounds 20m to spend, Roy Keane will be under no pressure to balance the books next month but departures seem likely with the Irishman unable to keep all members of his squad happy.

Daryl Murphy is a target for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday are anxious to sign Graham Kavanagh permanently having taken him on loan earlier in the campaign and last season's top scorer David Connolly will have plenty of suitors having not started since the opening week of the season.

As the best-performing goalkeeper in this term's Championship, Fulop is the most likely departure after indicating a desire to make his season-long loan at Leicester City permanent.

"It's up to Leicester and Sunderland and whether they can agree a price," said the 6ft 6in goalkeeper. "After that, we can talk about it because I am really enjoying my time here. It's great to be playing for Leicester and I am really enjoying it. It's a great learning curve for me."

Fulop has been an everpresent since joining the Foxes this season, conceding 15 goals in 19 appearances. The Hungarian has proved a popular figure in the east Midlands, where the fans chant "Fulop's unbeatable".

Since joining from Tottenham Hotspur last season, initially on loan, the Hungarian has made no secret of his ambition. He did not hide his frustration at being number two to Darren Ward during the Championship-winning campaign and having apparently usurped the Midlander in the pre-season pecking order, then saw Scottish international Craig Gordon arrive for a British record pounds 9m, prompting his request for a loan move. …

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