Sunderland continued to be linked with players

Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker
Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker

SUNDERLAND continue to be linked with a host of foreign players on the back of bringing in four Bosman signings from the continent.

Valentin Roberge, Cabral, El Hadji Ba and Modibo Diakite are all set to be added to Sunderland’s squad next month when contracts at their current clubs end.

And there is no shortage of overseas players that Sunderland continue to be linked with.

Argentine left-back Lucas Orban and Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez have already been mentioned as possible signings but getting them in could prove tricky and Sunderland continue to look elsewhere.

Palermo striker Abel Hernandez has attracted the interest of several Italian clubs, as well as Sunderland’s.

But the club’s president Maurizio Zamparini is keen to hold on to the 22-year-old.

“In our attack next season will be Abel Hernadez,” said Zamparini.

“This will be a kick in the ass for former coaches that didn’t play him.”

Talks are still ongoing over the Orban situation but there is speculation that Belarus utility player Maksim Bordachev and Le Havre’s Benjamin Mendy are also options on the Wearsiders’ shopping list.

Twenty-six-year-old Bordachev plays for BATE Borisov and is a full international while French Under-19 international left-back Mendy is rumoured to be interesting Sunderland and Arsenal.

Meanwhile Sunderland continue to be linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s veteran midfielder Scott Parker.

But such a move would seem unlikely, not least for the ex-England man’s £70,000 a week wages and the fact he was injury-prone for most of last season.

A more likely destination for the Londoner, who appears to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane, is Queens Park Rangers.

It was Harry Redknapp who first signed him for Spurs and he remains a huge fan of the player, for whom the challenge of getting QPR straight back into the Premier League might appeal.