Sunderland chairman Quinn looks to make Helmes a Cat

Steve Bruce and Niall Quinn
Steve Bruce and Niall Quinn

NIALL Quinn will do all he can over the next 24 hours to persuade Patrick Helmes that his future lies at Sunderland.

The Sunderland chairman will need to use all of his famous persuasive powers to overcome the Wolfsburg striker’s reluctance to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League.

But on the positive side, Sunderland and Wolfsburg have all but agreed the deal which would see the German international become Steve Bruce’s 11th signing of the current transfer window and the only sticking point now is the not inconsiderable one of whether the player himself decides to come.

The Black Cats have not put all their eggs in one basket – Sunderland have looked at Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner, both on loan and also Peter Crouch as a possible permanent signing.

There are other players too that the club are considering with the deadline to the closure of the transfer window barely 24 hours away.

But chances of signing either Bellamy or Bendtner have faded over the weekend.

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