SUNDERLAND have gone almost a year without making contact for Galatasaray winger Bruma, the player’s agent has confirmed.
Reports in Turkey over the last week have credited Sunderland with a renewed interest in Bruma after the Black Cats made an offer to sign the Portugese wideman on loan last January.
There have even been suggestions that Sunderland are close to agreeing a deal to bring Bruma to the Stadium of Light on loan this January.
However, Bruma’s representative, Marco Kirdemir, admits there have been no discussions with Sunderland since their approach last January, when any interest was scuppered by the 20-year-old suffering a knee injury.
Kirdemier told the Echo: “No, I have not spoken with anyone at Sunderland since January this year.
“They wanted Bruma on loan, but then there was the surprise of the injury.
“Obviously there has been a change with Sunderland’s recruitment since then (the departure of ex-director of football Roberto De Fanti) so I don’t know whether they are still interested.”
Galatasaray’s hierarchy moved to dismiss the speculation surrounding Bruma last week – insisting that he was still an important part of the club’s plans after shelling out around £8million to sign him from Portugese side Sporting in the summer of 2013.
But he hasn’t started a game since September and is understood to have fallen out with manager Cesare Prandelli.
Everton have been mentioned as possible suitors, together with Sunderland, and Kirdemir admits a move to the Premier League would be an attractive proposition.
“Yes, he would definitely be interested in a move to England,” he added.
“He has not played as much as he wants under Prandelli, so if a Premier League team can agree a deal with Galatasaray, then it’s something he would definitely be interested in.”
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet confirmed last week that the Black Cats are only likely to bring in one or two players in the January window, with the club concentrating on a few quality recruits.
Poyet is likely to be in the market for a forward who can operate from a wide area after missing out on re-signing Liverpool’s Fabio Borini during the summer.
H Middlesbrough and Newcastle both progressed in the U21 Premier League Cup last night. Bradley Fewster’s goal for Boro sank Hull, while Callum Roberts netted twice as the Mags pipped Crewe 2-1 after extra time. Sunderland’s last 32 tie is at Manchester City on December 5.