Dynamo Moscow in pole position for Sunderland target Strinic

OLD TARGET ... Ivan Strinic, left.
OLD TARGET ... Ivan Strinic, left.

CROATIAN international Ivan Strinic is expected to join Dynamo Moscow at the end of the season, despite Sunderland’s interest last summer.

Strinic was considered by Sunderland as a solution for the problem position of left-back last August before the loan arrival of Spurs defender Danny Rose.

Sunderland were understood to have made an inquiry with Ukrainian outfit Dnipro over the 25-year-old, only to shelve their interest due to the asking price.

Boss Martin O’Neill said at the end of August: “We did put in some offers for what I consider really decent players on the continent, but we never got round to matching their valuations.”

But although Sunderland are hopeful of signing Rose on a permanent deal after a hugely successful loan spell, there is no guarantee that the Black Cats will be able to snare the England Under-21 international.

And even if Rose does become available, Spurs will demand a significant transfer fee for the 22-year-old.

Strinic could emerge as a viable potential alternative, yet his agent, Tonci Martic, says Dynamo Moscow are in pole position for the 26-time Croatian international.

“We received a concrete proposal from Sunderland, but Dnipro rejected the deal,” said Martic.

“With regards to Dynamo Moscow, there have been no formal negotiations but maybe something will change in the summer.”