Centre-back Matt Besler, who is rated in the £3m bracket and plays for MLS side Sporting Kansas City, said yesterday Sunderland were preparing a bid for him and also claimed that Championship side Fulham had already made an offer.
However, sources on Wearside suggest Sunderland have not made a bid and are unlikely to do so.
Besler said: “I know Fulham have made an offer to Kansas City and I know Sunderland put in an offer or are putting in an offer.
“We’re trying to get something done as soon as possible.
“It’s a situation which needs to be resolved.
“I want to be staying in Kansas City if I’m going to stay, but if they’re going to sell me I want to know as soon as possible.
“It’s not just my decision. It’s the club’s decision if they want to sell or not, but I would definitely have an input on a team.”
The 27-year-old’s displays in this summer’s World Cup have earned him a host of admirers, with a number of Premier League teams and at least one in Germany also interested.
Besler is in the final year of his contract at Kansas, and reports in America suggest a decision on his future is likely to be made by the beginning of next week at the latest.
Defensive reinforcements figure prominently on Sunderland’s summer shopping list, with a left-back and at least two centre-backs expected to arrive.
Meanwhile, Nacho Scocco’s departure to Newell’s Old Boys hinges on the Wearsiders resolving a £300,000 outstanding payment to the striker’s former club Internacional.
The Black Cats have agreed a deal with Newell’s secretary Pablo Morosano which will see Scocco return to his homeland for around £2.1m.
Reports in Argentina suggest the money will be paid in six annual instalments, and that arrangement is expected to be rubber-stamped now Morosano has flown back to South America.
Yet the outstanding issue surrounds money due to Brazilian side Internacional, from whom Sunderland signed Scocco for £3.2m in January.