Hamburg, Manchester City keepers in Sunderland links

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HAMBURG star Rene Adler and Manchester City’s Costel Pantilimon are the latest keepers to be linked with Sunderland.

But both look long shots to be playing at the Stadium of Light next season, with question marks hanging over Adler’s fitness while Pantilimon, out of contract at the Etihad this summer, would almost certainly look for wages that would be out of Sunderland’s reach.

The 6ft 8in Romanian – who was in goal when Sunderland and Manchester City met in the Capital One Cup final in March – might still be offered new terms by City.

But while his future is unresolved he is going to be linked with a host of clubs.

The link with Adler, meanwhile, comes through Sunderland’s new director of football Lee Congerton, who was previously employed by the Bundesliga outfit

German keeper Adler is rated between the £2-3million bracket by Hamburg, who escaped the drop out of the Bundesliga in an end-of-season play-off, and Sunderland do need to strengthen between the posts with both Keiren Westwood and Oscar Ustari leaving the club this summer.

There are questions to be answered, though, over Adler’s fitness with him having suffered a knee ligament injury in his final game last season.

First-choice Vito Mannone has a year left on his Sunderland contract, while England Under-19 keeper Jordan Pickford is currently second in line for the Black Cats.