Feyenoord could rival Sunderland for striker

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FEYENOORD would be interested in rivalling Sunderland for striker John Guidetti, if Manchester City make the striker available this summer.

Despite the £6million capture of American international Jozy Altidore, Sunderland could be in the market for further additions to their front-line before the end of the transfer window.

As the Echo reported yesterday, Hull City are in talks to take Danny Graham on a season-long loan, despite the 27-year-old’s Sunderland career being just six months old.

And if Sunderland were to offload Graham, then Paolo Di Canio is likely to add to his attacking options with another striker.

Guidetti has been mooted as a Sunderland target for the last year, yet the interest from the Black Cats is very real this summer, despite the Swedish international spending last season on the sidelines through illness and injury.

The 21-year-old is currently with the Man City squad on their pre-season tour of South Africa and there have been suggestions that he could be given a chance under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

If City make Guidetti available either permanently or on loan, Sunderland will be in the running, but Feyenoord would be too after the frontman netted 20 goals in 23 appearances for the Dutch side during the 2011-12 campaign.

Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel insists there have been no talks with City, but has left the door open to a possible return to Holland for Guidetti.

“Guidetti is in our hearts and the door is always open for him,” said van Geel. “He knows that.

“If a godsend occurs, we would naturally increase our squad with him.

“But I would like to say clearly that no concrete efforts have been made to get him.”

Di Canio currently has six senior strikers at his disposal - Altidore, Graham, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Stephane Sessegnon and Ji Dong-won – with the head coach wanting at least five available for the campaign.

But with Ji still expected to leave the club and Hull showing serious interest in Graham, it opens the door to a second striking addition.

Sessegnon could also leave the club, with Sunderland willing to listen to offers for the Benin international, whose wages at the Stadium of Light have proved preventative to potential suitors so far this summer.