Sunderland are set to launch a joint bid of £18 million for Fenerbahce pair Raul Meireles and Moussa Sow, according to sources in Turkey.
The Black Cats yesterday re-signed Sebastian Larsson on a new three-year contract.
They were also credited with an interest in Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, while the agent of Fabio Borini insisted that the arrival at Liverpool of Rickie Lambert does not spell the end of his client’s career at Anfield.
Lambert has joined the Reds in a £4 million move from Southampton.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are already well established in Brendan Rodgers’ team.
But Borini’s representative Marco De Marchi says the Italian striker – who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, where Gustavo Poyet is keen to keep him – is prepared to return to Merseyside at the beginning of next season and fight for his place.
“Does Lambert’s arrival close the door on Fabio Borini? No, I don’t think so,” said De Marchi.
“We have received no communications in that regard.
“In this last season, Fabio gave a considerable contribution towards keeping Sunderland up. He was praised by everyone, especially by the Liverpool manager Rodgers.
“So, after his holidays he will go back to Liverpool to prepare for the new season wearing the shirt of this historic club.
“He wants to compete with everyone and be an extra resource for the coach and the team.
“Borini could be of use to any team, but no one has contacted us and his desire is to show what he’s got at Liverpool.”
The same goes for Larsson at Sunderland, after the out-of-contract midfielder rejected approaches by Stoke City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Besiktas and Galatasaray to remain on Wearside. “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal with the club,” he said. “I feel that this is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be part of it.”
Reports last night claimed Sunderland – along with Tottenham Hotspur – are interested in Valencia’s £5.5 million-rated Banega, while Turkish sources suggest the Black Cats are weighing up a move for former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Meireles and 28-year-old Senegalese striker Sow.