STEVE Bruce has confirmed Tottenham midfielder Nico Kranjcar is on Sunderland’s radar after Irish winger James McClean finalised his move to Wearside.
Ex-Derry City man McClean was confirmed as a Sunderland player yesterday, with the 22-year-old agreeing a three-year contract at the Stadium of Light in a £350,000 deal.
Despite becoming Sunderland’s 10th signing of the summer, McClean is earmarked as a player for the future and will continue his development in the second string rather than being an immediate answer to Bruce’s search for a left-sided midfielder.
Bruce persists in his pursuit of Manchester City outcast Craig Bellamy, with the former Newcastle man providing the flexibility to play on the left or as a striker.
And the Black Cats boss confirmed in a radio phone-in last night his interest in Kranjcar after weekend reports linking the Croatian with Sunderland.
A loan move for Kranjcar is the most likely scenario after Dynamo Kiev were priced out of a permanent switch for the 26-year-old earlier in the summer with Spurs asking for a fee in excess of £10million.
Despite the lofty price tag, Kranjcar has started just 21 Premier League games in two years at White Hart Lane and Spurs are willing to let the ex-Portsmouth man leave the club as they cut costs following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Bruce still needs to offload players before he is in a position to buy.
But Sunderland are hopeful of getting unwanted duo Marcos Angeleri and George McCartney off the books.
Angeleri looks to return former club Estudiantes, while West Ham are looking to take McCartney back to Upton Park on a permanent deal.