SUNDERLAND are reported to be considering a move for Juventus left-back Paolo De Ceglie after their pursuit of Valencia defender Aly Cissokho failed, writes Graeme Anderson.
Cissokho yesterday joined Liverpool on a season-long loan with Sunderland interested in the player but unable to come up with an acceptable offer before the Reds stepped in.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had wanted to sign another left-back, Guilherme Siqueira from Spanish club Granada, but the clubs failed to agree a fee and the Merseysiders switched their attention to Cissokho.
The 25-year-old is expected to finalise a deal next week which could become permanent next summer.
Juventus defender De Ceglie is a left-back, who can also play on the wing, and was being looked at by Stoke City earlier this summer.
Sunderland though are rumoured to have expresed an interest now with Di Canio wanting to agree a move swiftly.
Juventus are open to the prospect of selling De Ceglie and the player is reported to be happy to move to the Premier League.
Should the Black Cats be in a position to pursue the Juventus man, the presence of such a strong Italian contigent among the coaching and playing staff would almost certainly be an attraction for him.
De Ceglie’s former team-mate Emanuele Giaccherini joined Sunderland this summer and the pair could look to establish a left flank partnership at the Stadium of Light this coming season.