Sunderland Line Up Trio Of Summer Signings as Martin O’Neill Looks to Improve Black Cats Squad

Black Cats has bold plans to bring in top talents to the Stadium of Light this month.

Sunderland are monitoring developments with Jermain Defoe at Tottenham.

Manager Martin O’Neill, who is trying to finalise a £15million deal with Wolves for Steven Fletcher, also wants Spartak Moscow’s Aiden McGeady and has expressed an interest in Blackburn defender Scott Dann who has a £6.5m release clause.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Sunderland showed signs of real progress when Martin O’Neill took over from Steve Bruce last December but the Black Cats haven’t made all that much use of the summer transfer window to help further boost the Stadium of Light squad and now the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss is keen to get started.

O’Neill could well do with new striking options as last term his side had to rely heavily on goals from midfield and wide areas and last term’s top Premier League scorer, Nicklas Bendtner, does not appear likely to join the club on a permanent basis having returned to Arsenal.

Jermain Defoe is a proven Premier League marksman but any hope of landing the England international depend very much on two factors. One, whether Andre Villas-Boas secures his own attacking targets so as to be in a position to consider offers for the 29 year old striker. Two, whether Defoe is willing to make the long move North having spent his entire career in the South.

Moves to land Blackburn Rovers centre back Scott Dann may prove more realistic as Steve Kean may well be unable to prevent the former Birmingham City man from leaving if his release clause is triggered. It is worth noting that the 25 year old defender has been part of back to back relegations but is still a consistent performer who could be of great use at Sunderland.

O’Neill’s final target comes in the form of a player he knows well from his time in charge of Celtic. Aiden McGeady spent five years under the Northern Irishman’s tutorship at Parkhead and has had an up and down time of it in Russia with Spartak Moscow.

The 26 year old Scottish born Republic of Ireland international has impressed in fits and starts but has apparently failed to settle in Moscow so would probably jump at the chance of a crack at Premier League football, however he may not come cheap given he cost Spartak £9.5m two years ago.

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