Sunderland’s Steve Bruce misses out on Frenchman Morgan Amalfitano

SUNDERLAND have missed out on the third Bosman signing they were chasing – Lorient midfield star Morgan Amalfitano.

The 26-year-old has agreed to join Champions League outfit Marseille, thwarting Steve Bruce’s plans to lure one of the hottest properties in French football to Wearside.

SportMail revealed last month that the Black Cats had targeted three Bosman signings – two from England, one from abroad – with the English-based players being midfielder Seb Larsson at Birmingham City and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood at Coventry City.

The foreign Bosman was unnamed as Bruce tried to sign the highly-rated midfielder from under the noses of several chasing English clubs, with Arsenal and Aston Villa also keeping tabs on one of the success stories of French football last season.

Read full story in today’s Mail.