Sunderland boss will keep an eye on Muntari

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STEVE Bruce has not completely ruled out a move for Sulley Muntari despite the on-loan midfielder returning to Italy.

Muntari has gone back to parent club Inter Milan after Sunderland rejected the chance to take up the offer of turning the 26-year-old’s loan deal permanent.

If the Ghanaian had played one more game for the Black Cats, Sunderland would have been forced to sign the 26-year-old.

That would have cost Sunderland a hefty transfer fee, while Muntari would have become by far the best-paid player at the club.

After a lacklustre spell since arriving in January, boss Bruce was not prepared to spend a significant chunk of his transfer budget on Muntari.

But Bruce admits that may change if the former Portsmouth player becomes available at a more reasonable price.

Bruce said: “There was a deal in place which we had to look at and basically it was a bit rich for us.

“It might change over the summer but at this particular moment, we don’t want to commit ourselves.”

Full story in Saturday’s Sunderland Echo