After Sunderland’s heroic escape from relegation last season manager Gus Poyet is keen to strengthen his squad and will be working overtime in the last few days of the transfer window to fill vacancies at striker and midfield.
Gus Poyet is keen to sign on loan striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool in a permenant deal according to The Mail. The Italian striker, who enjoyed a successful loan season at The Stadium of Light, is surplus to requirements at Anfield following the signing of Mario Balotelli.
However, bringing him in on a permanent contract may prove difficult for the Uruguayan as he faces competition from heavyweights AC Milan who are keen to recruit a striker following the departure of Mario Balotelli. The Black Cats would probably lose out to the Serie A giants in a head to head but the Italians may elect to look elsewhere leaving the field clear
In the event of Borini choosing Milan over the North East, Sunderland would most likely turn their attention to former Chelsea legend Salomon Kalou who is currently plying his trade at French club Lille.
Manager Gus Poyet was angered by the leak to the press which revealed his interest in landing the Ligue 1 player. He was quoted in The Daily Mail as saying:
‘I’m going to have to do research on this football club and who is leaking information every week. It cannot always be the agent or the player. There’s too much information coming out and I don’t like it. I’m not going to comment (on Kalou).’
Leaks aside Sunderland are still very much in the race to land the Ivorian who is valued at around £4 million with West Ham also in the hunt. Interest has also come from the Bundesliga but the player himself is said to favour a move back to The Premier League.
The Journal reports that Sunderland are among a number of clubs interested in recruiting wantaway Stoke player Geoff Cameron. The American who featured in this year’s World Cup, is a versatile player who is comfortable at central defence, midfield or right back.
Stoke for their part are keen to hang onto Cameron but the player has made it clear he wants out. Sunderland however face stiff competition to land their target with Premier League rivals Hull City and Southampton and Serie A giants Lazio all believed to be interested.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.