Stadium of Light boss keen on Stamford Bridge, Villa Park and Craven Cottage talent.
It’s beginning to look likely that Florent Malouda will leave Stamford Bridge in 2012 after Sunderland emerged as the latest club to show an interest in acquiring his signature.
The French international has been linked with a move away from the West London outfit for some time now and despite his efforts to gain a one-year contract extension, he looks likely to either be sold in January or allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Martin O’Neill is currently staging a revolution at the North East club and since his December takeover, the Northern Irishman has taken his new side from a possible relegation struggle to a comfortable mid-table position.
In an effort to preserve their form, the former Aston Villa boss is being associated with moves for several experienced and proven Premier League stars including Fulham’s Bobby Zamora as well as former charges Stiliyan Petrov and James Collins from Villa.
Malouda is currently surplus to requirements at Chelsea and rather than lose the attacker for nothing, Roman Abramovich may take a January offer for his investment who is currently valued at around £4m.
Martin O’Neill’s reign as Sunderland boss has started so well that a narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was considered a failure when under Steve Bruce’s leadership the Black Cats would probably consider that a decent result.
It’s no surprise that the former Aston Villa man would be linked with a couple of his former players from the Midlands club but Alex McLeish is steadfastly going to refuse selling either Stiliyan Petrov and James Collins but one wonders if either player pushed for an exit, just how hard it might be for the Scot to avoid having to give up and sell.
A move for Florent Malouda is something of a surprise though as the Chelsea winger has been consistently linked with moves away from his West London club but only for moves abroad but perhaps the chance to stay in the Premier League will tempt the French international.
Bobby Zamora may offer O’Neill a new direct attacking dimension that could benefit the North-East side and the Fulham striker may feel that a move in January, and resultant regular first team football, could aid his slim hopes of a spot in Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad.