SUNDERLAND have been left baffled by talk of Tottenham making a summer move for Black Cats skipper John O’Shea.
Reports in the national media yesterday suggested top four hopefuls Spurs are considering a shock £3million move for the Republic of Ireland international.
O’Shea is about to enter the final 12 months of his Sunderland contract and at 33, the centre-half is in the twilight of a much-decorated career.
Nevertheless, the Republic of Ireland international is likely to remain a key figure for Sunderland next season, even if the Black Cats are successful in their pursuit of Swansea centre-half Ashley Williams.
Both O’Shea and central defensive partner Wes Brown played key roles in Sunderland’s escape from survival and head coach Gus Poyet has lauded the contributions of the pair.
But whether the speculation over interest from Spurs stems from mischief-making or O’Shea’s camp looking for talks over a new contract at the Stadium of Light, it would be staggering if new White Hart Lane chief Mauricio Pochettino makes a move for the former Manchester United man.
Meanwhile, Swansea City are the latest club to be linked with a summer move for Sunderland target Marcos Alonso.
The Black Cats are hoping to re-sign Alonso on a permanent deal after the left-back impressed on loan from Fiorentina during the second half of last season.
Fiorentina are thought to be willing to offload Alonso, who has two years left to run on his contract with the Italian side, after he barely featured in Serie A following his arrival from Bolton last summer.
West Ham have expressed an interest in Alonso, while reports yesterday suggested Swansea are also in the running for the Spaniard.
But Alonso enjoyed his spell at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland will hope that proves to be decisive in their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
Head coach Gus Poyet has previously indicated his eagerness to land Alonso permanently and told the Spanish press yesterday: “We are doing everything possible so that Fiorentina give him to us.”