SUNDERLAND’S rebuilding plans are continuing apace with the club considering a bid for Brazilian striker Paulinho, while hoping to progress in talks for Lazio right-back Luis Pedro Cavanda.
The Black Cats’ new scouting and recruiting team have wasted no time in hoovering up Bosman signings, with Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral and El Hadji Ba all set to join the club next month.
But now the Wearsiders are moving on towards players who would command a fee and Cavanda is high on the list, with Paulinho a possibility.
The 27-year-old Brazilian’s situation is an intriguing one.
He has just helped Livorno win promotion back to Serie A but has attracted the interest of several top-flight Italian clubs, with Sampdoria heading the chase.
Sunderland, though, are monitoring the situation and are believed to be pondering whether to bid for the 5ft 10in attacker – who is not the Brazilian who scored against England in this month’s friendly in Rio.
Paulinho’s agent Eugenio Ascari has revealed that while Italian clubs are gathering, he has been given to expect a bid from Sunderland.
“Sampdoria’s offer is the most concrete,” he confirmed.
“They have followed Paulinho for two to three months and we have already had some contact with them,”
“But abroad, I think that Di Canio’s Sunderland are planning to make an offer soon.
“And then every day I always read new teams are interested in the Press.”
While Paulinho is a possibility, Sunderland are actively working on a deal for Cavanda and the clubs are embroiled in the haggling stage, with Lazio wanting in the region of £5million for a player who would replace Phil Bardsley at the Stadium of Light, while Sunderland value the 22-year-old at only half that.
The word coming from Cavanda’s camp though is that the Angola-born Belgian Under-21 international would fancy the move and Sunderland will keep on pushing for negotiations.
The Black Cats have also made cheeky enquiries for two of Inter Milan ‘s hottest prospects.
Sunderland’s new chief scout Valentino Angeloni, who has arrived at Sunderland from Inter, knows full well the potential and quality of 18-year-old Senegalese defender Ibrahim M’Baye and Ghana midfielder Joseph Alfred Duncan, 20.
But he has politely been rebuffed with initial enquiries about the availability of both players and Inter have suggested they have no intention of letting either player leave.