FREE AGENTS Mohamed Diame and Carlos Cuellar remain on Sunderland’s radar, although the Black Cats are not expected to make any imminent inroads into the Bosman market.
SportMail reported earlier this month how Martin O’Neill was taking a pro-active stance regarding Bosmans, as Sunderland chase cost-effective solutions in their summer recruitment drive.
And the Black Cats are still in the hunt for both Diame and Cuellar, who left Wigan and Aston Villa respectively when their contracts expired at the end of last season, but neither are close to a deal at the Stadium of Light.
Powerful Senegalese midfielder Diame had been close to joining Liverpool prior to the dismissal of Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, but the imminent appointment of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield has thrown the Merseysiders interest into doubt.
Diame is being courted by a host of other suitors both in the Premier League and abroad, but the Black Cats chances of landing the 24-year-old will be boosted by his desire to remain in England.
Diame said: “I am free and not everybody is free at this moment like a midfield player like me and that is why I have got a lot of clubs interested in me.
“I have to be composed and make a good decision for my future.
“I have got some offers from Spain, from France, from Turkey, but I really want to stay in the Premier League.”