WOLVES’ England winger Matt Jarvis is on Sunderland’s summer transfer hit-list.
The Journal understands that the Black Cats put feelers out with the midfielder earlier in the summer, although they are yet to formalise their interest in the Molineux man.
Martin O’Neill wants another wide man to add to the competition in his squad and is also interested in Blackpool’s Scotland international Matt Phillips and Manchester City’s England man Adam Johnson. But Jarvis provides a compelling option because he can play either on the left or the right wing.
Sunderland are biding their time in the transfer market and will not make a move for any of their targets while they compete in the Peace Cup in South Korea.
But O’Neill anticipates business hotting up when they return to these shores, and has said that he does not want to leave his summer recruitment until the last minute.
He has targeted Wolves striker Stephen Fletcher but there has been no offer tabled yet – and suggestions of a sizeable sell-on clause seem to tally with the eight-figure price tag that the Black Country side have placed on his head.
Wolves would want a similar fee for Jarvis but he does have Premier League experience. And Midlands sources have suggested that he has come highly recommended to Sunderland chief scout Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson.
Jarvis is represented by agent Mark Curtis, and knows that there is interest from West Ham United if he prefers to move south. But Sunderland and O’Neill could offer to top his Molineux wages if they decide to register their interest.
As fresh targets emerge, Sunderland took another step towards clearing the deadwood in their squad by allowing Marcos Angeleri to depart for Estudiantes.
No fee was mentioned by the club as they confirmed his expected departure, but it will be a relief to get the 29-year-old’s sizeable wages off the books.
Angeleri’s move to England was an unmitigated disaster for Sunderland, with the right-back making a paltry three appearances in a red-and-white shirt.
He was blighted by injuries during his spell in the North East and Steve Bruce admitted that he had arrived with a serious knee problem that he never fully shook off.
“I have come back to Argentina for good,” Angeleri said.
“Estudiantes is like my second home. I had been in touch with Independiente and San Lorenzo, but I gave my word to Estudiantes.
“It was always my intention to return to Argentina, and hopefully Estudiantes.
“I hope to be able to win a place in the team and fight for important titles like we were doing in 2009.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland will face FC Groningen in the third-place play-off match in the Peace Cup this weekend.
The Black Cats will kick off at 8.30am British time as they round off their spell in South Korea.
O’Neill admits he would like to have been in the final – although he confessed that the performance had not warranted that.
He said: “It’s not the end of the world but I’m just very disappointed not to reach the final, I don’t like losing any game.”
When Sunderland return O’Neill will be looking for a fitness bulletin on Phil Bardsley and Matt Kilgallon, who are both facing a race against time to make it back for the start of next term.
The Sunderland boss admits he was disappointed not to be able to take the senior defenders with him to Asia. “It’s very disappointing because it would have been nice to be able to bring them with us,” he said.
“Phil went over on his ankle very badly indeed – nothing’s broken, but his ligaments are causing him some concern.”