SUNDERLAND are considering a bid for Brazilian striker Paulinho, while hoping to progress in talks for Lazio right-back Luis Pedro Cavanda.
The new scouting team at Sunderland have wasted no time in hoovering up Bosman signings, with Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral and El Hadji Ba all set to join the club next month.
But now the club is moving on towards players that would command a fee and Cavanda is high on the list, with Paulinho a possibility.
Paulinho has just helped Livorno win promotion back to Serie A but has attracted the interest of several Italian clubs with Sampdoria heading the chase.
Sunderland though, are monitoring the situation and are believed to be pondering whether to bid for the 5ft 10in attacker.
The 27-year-old’s agent Eugenio Ascari has revealed that while Italian clubs are gathering, he is expecting a bid from Sunderland.
“Sampdoria’s offer is the most concrete,” he confirmed.
“They have followed Paulinho for two or three months and we have already had some contact with them.
“But abroad, I think that Di Canio’s Sunderland are planning to make an offer soon.
“And then every day I always read new teams are interested in the Press.”
While Paulinho is a possibility, Sunderland are actively working on a deal for Cavanda.
Lazio want £5m for a player who would replace Phil Bardsley at the Stadium of Light, while Sunderland value the 22-year-old at only half that.
The word coming from Cavanda’s camp though is that the Belgian U21 international would fancy the move and Sunderland will keep on pushing for negotiations.
The Black Cats have also made cheeky enquiries for two of Inter Milan’s hottest prospects, 18-year-old Senegalese defender Ibrahim M’Baye and Ghana midfielder Joseph Alfred Duncan, 20.
Sunderland’s’ new chief scout Valentino Angeloni, who arrived from Inter, knows the potential of the duo, but he has politely been rebuffed with initial enquiries about their availability.