Sunderland have been very clever in their summer spending, preferring to build up their playing staff with solid purchases rather than one or two big-name signings. Roy Keane has put a deadline on another two Tottenham players he wishes to capture.
Sunderland manager Roy Keane has set a 24 hours deadline for Spurs pair Steed Malbranque and Younes Kaboul.
Keane has already landed Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio from White Hart Lane and is waiting for decisions from the pair to complete a £23 million joint deal.
Malbranque appears reluctant to quit London while centre-back Kaboul has similar offers from Portsmouth and Aston Villa, with Harry Redknapp now the favourite to land the former Auxerre player.
Keane said: ‘I would expect news on the other two Tottenham lads in the next 24 hours – whether they are coming or not.
‘We are very hopeful but I appreciate it is a big decision for them.
‘I was delighted with the four players I have spoken to from Tottenham; we’ve managed to get two of them sorted out and we’re hoping to do the same with the other two. (Daily Mail)
Having already relieved Ramos of two players that Spurs were willing to offload, now the Black Cats want the other pair of their original quartet bid. Steed would be a great addition; he showed last season what he is capable of. The former Fulham man has great vision and his bursting runs could prove invaluable to a club like Sunderland who struggle to score goals. Kaboul could also be a good buy, he showed glimpses of quality in his first season at White Hart Lane, and could mature into a solid centre back. The pair would cost around £13m, which in this day and age seems a fair price. Who do Spurs fans think that this money should be invested in?