Sunderland are believed to be interested in bringing Werder Bremen forward Franco Di Santo to the Stadium of Light this summer.
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The Argentine forward is under contract at Bremen until 2016 and, having found the net 16 times in 22 matches in the Bundesliga this season, the Black Cats are eyeing the player, according to the Daily Mail.
The striker is well-known by Lee Congerton, the North-East club’s sporting director, who was previously at Chelsea, but it remains to be seen whether he would welcome a move back to English football.
He struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge and was offloaded to Wigan Athletic in 2010 following a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.
He found the net 13 times in 97 matches at Wigan, but was present as the club were relegated to the second tier.
The 26-year-old—who has three Argentine caps—has found his feet in Germany, having occasionally struggled with the speed and the intensity of English football.
It is believed that a fee of approximately £8 million would be enough to tempt Bremen to sell.