Transfer talk - Sunderland linked with loan deal for Chelsea’s Atsu

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet at Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet at Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

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SUNDERLAND have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.

The Black Cats have been in the market for a pacy wideman this summer, in addition to their bid to re-sign Fabio Borini from Liverpool.

Reports have emerged today indicating that Sunderland are in discussions with Chelsea for a loan move for Atsu, who spent last season at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem - where Black Cats new boy Patrick van Aanholt also played.

Ghana international Atsu joined Chelsea from Porto last summer, but was immediately loaned out to Vitesse, where he scored five goals in 28 appearances.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has made no secret of his eagerness for new signings, with the Uruguayan looking for four new arrivals over the next week.