Sunderland are interested in Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch, according to sources in Wales.
And vowing to “give my best” to the Black Cats, new arrival Jordi Gomez insists he has signed for a “brilliant manager and a massive club”.
The 29-year-old Spaniard became the Wearside outfit’s second signing of the close-season – following the recruitment of Billy Jones from West Brom – late on Thursday night.The former Wigan Athletic midfielder has penned a three-year contract. As such, 21-year-old midfielder Billy Knott – whose own contract has expired following loan spells at AFC Wimbledon, Woking, Wycombe and Port Vale – is to join Bradford City on a two-year deal.
He could be replaced by Cardiff’s Mutch, with reports in Wales suggesting Gus Poyet is keen on the 22-year-old.
However, the Bluebirds would prefer to hang on to the former England Under-21 international following relegation to the Championship.
Sunderland have at least moved quickly to bolster their squad for next season, with versatile right-back Jones now having been joined by Gomez.
And the former Spanish Under-17 international and Barcelona B star is delighted to have sorted out his future following the end of his contract at the DW Stadium.
“I’m really happy to be here and to be joining such a big club like Sunderland,” he told the club’s official website, safc.com. I’m ready for this new challenge in my career. I’m looking forward to playing here.
“I have heard a lot of good things about the fans and how they help the team and the big support it has.
“I think they played a big part in the good results that the team got last season.
“I’ve played some games in the Stadium of Light and I’ve always felt the support was brilliant. I think they played a big part in the club staying up.
“I spent four years in the Premier League with Wigan and we got relegated but I’m glad to be back in the Premier League with a good manager and a massive club.
“Sunderland is very much a big club and I am very happy.”
Of Poyet – who this past week was linked with the vacant manager’s job at Southampton before signing a new two-year contract – Gomez added: “He’s a brilliant manager and he did a very good job last year. I’m very happy to be working with him because he has good ideas and I like the way he likes to play. I’m happy to have a coach like him.”
Meanwhile, Oscar Ustari has been linked with a move to Lazio and Danny Graham with a return to Watford.
SUNDERLAND were last night fined £100,000 and warned as to their future conduct after the club admitted breaching the Football Association’s agents regulations.
In relation to the same matter, Abu Mahfuz has had his agent licence suspended for two years with six months to be served starting from this month.
Mr Mahfuz, who was also fined £500 and warned as to his future conduct, had denied the breach.