Stadium of Light boss lines up move for Blackburn Rovers pair and Dutch international.
Sunderland’s bid for Anita will be bolstered by funds from Asamoah Gyan’s £12m transfer to Al Ain of the UAE.
They remain keen on Junior Hoilett, 22, and Steven Nzonzi, 23, from Blackburn.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Martin O’Neill is usually a fairly shrewd mover in the transfer market and the Black Cats boss appears to be readying moves for three talented youngsters who could very easily be picked up for the £12m that Sunderland will pick up from the permanent sale of Asamoah Gyan to Al Ain.
Blackburn Rovers attacker Junior Hoilett is out of contract but can not move to the Stadium of Light on a free as he is too young to move on a ‘Bosman’ so his fee will depend on a tribunal but will still not amount to a great deal. Steve Kean will find it tough to keep hold of tough defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and an instant return to the Premier League will certainly tempt the big Frenchman.
O’Neill will then hope to beat local rivals Newcastle United to Ajax and Holland midfielder Vurnon Anita, a player who has been on Alan Pardew’s radar for some time, and the Northern Irishman may well have a quite a bit of other business in the transfer market this summer as he looks to put his stamp on the Sunderland squad he inherited from Steve Bruce last December.
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