Sunderland are interested in Schalke left-back Christian Fuchs – as Marcos Alonso returns to pre-season training with Fiorentina.
The 28-year-old is interesting Southampton and Bordeaux but he is also on Sunderland’s radar, with Lee Congerton having tapped up German contacts accrued during his Hamburg days to pinpoint him as a possible left-back target.
The Black Cats are desperate to sign a left-back before they head to the Algarve later this month and are growing increasingly impatient with Fiorentina’s negotiation strategy around Alonso, who they have now said they want to keep in Italy for the duration of pre-season.
The Spanish defender would prefer to move to England but Fiorentina seem set on making Sunderland wait – hence the growing interest in the capable Fuchs. The Austria international could be available for as little as £2million in the window and would fit in with Gus Poyet’s plan to turn Sunderland into a more potent attacking force.
The Wearsiders are unlikely to sign anyone before the weekend but there is expected to be a growing urgency attached to their recruitment drive next week after their first pre-season game.
The Black Cats want a striker, a midfielder and two defenders at least as they look to plot a route out of the relegation trouble that has dogged them for the last two seasons. Congerton had not wanted to make too many loan signings but it now looks as if that will be a necessary evil for the Black Cats, who are still interested in rookie defender Kurt Zouma.
The £12.5million man was in training with Chelsea yesterday and said he has spoken to Jose Mourinho about this season: “He’s the best manager in the world and I’m so happy to be able to work with him.”
Sunderland remain interested in Jordan Mutch, the Cardiff City forward, but the Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that there have been no new bids in the player yet.
The Black Cats would like to complete a deal for around £4million but the forwar d
“We are the team who seem to attract most speculation. It happens every day, but we are used to it,” said Solskjaer.
“There have been no new bids that I know of, although I am not the person who negotiates.
“The speculation doesn’t get to me – it’s part of the job.”