Former Tottenham fans’ favourite lined up for Premier League return in cut-price deal

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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reportedly wants to sign Sandro from Queens Park Rangers.

The Mirror reports that the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is on a £50,000-per-week contract and the Championship club may be willing to sell on the cheap to get him off their salary.

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He has played 11 times for the Hoops this season, but was not risked for New Year’s Day’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley in case he picked up an injury which could scupper a January move, according to The Mirror.

Sandro’s sketchy fitness record is a cause for concern for Allardyce, but that has not stopped him from making a firm enquiry for the Brazilian as he readies Sunderland for a relegation fight, The Mirror adds.

The Black Cats have been struggling all year and are 19th in the Premier League, although their crucial 3-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa on Saturday lifted them to within four points of safety.

Sandro would be the type of personality which would aid any squad battling the drop. He was affectionately nicknamed ‘Beast’ by Tottenham fans because of his tough tackling and determination.

After signing from Brazilian club Internacional in 2010, Sandro made 106 appearances for Spurs and featured in their surprise run to the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2010-11 campaign.

A series of injuries held him back and he was eventually sold to QPR by Mauricio Pochettino in 2014. He would represent a risky buy for Sunderland, but one worth taking considering their predicament.

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