SUNDERLAND target Jack Rodwell is due to hold talks over his future at Manchester City when he returns to pre-season training next week.
The Echo reported earlier this week how Rodwell was a genuine target for the Black Cats, with City thought to be ready to let the England international leave the Etihad this summer, either on loan or permanently.
But City sources claim there has still been no firm talks with any interested suitors over Rodwell, who has made just seven Premier League starts since arriving in a £12million deal from Everton two years ago.
If Sunderland are to make an approach though, they will face huge competition for Rodwell’s services, with a host of Premier League clubs chasing the 23-year-old.
Everton are still keen to re-sign Rodwell after seeing a January loan move for the midfielder fall through.
And Swansea, Newcastle, Stoke, Hull, West Ham, Spurs and West Brom are all reported to be in the race for Rodwell too.
Meanwhile, the saga involving Nacho Scocco’s likely exit from the Stadium of Light this summer continues to drag on, with suitors Newell’s Old Boys seeing their initial offer of around £1.7m rejected by the Black Cats.
Newell’s are desperate to re-sign Scocco for a third spell at the Argentine club and sent his agent, Fabian Soldini, to submit a formal offer for the January signing last weekend.
Director Pablo Morosano has subsequently arrived on Wearside in an attempt to close the deal, but Newell’s proposal to buy half of Scocco’s contract for £1.7m has been swiftly turned down by Sunderland.
The Black Cats want to recoup the £3.2m fee they splashed out on Scocco in the January transfer window, as they look to comply with the regulations of Financial Fair Play.
There have been reports in Argentina that Scocco has already agreed personal terms over a five-year contract at Newell’s, yet the move will not progress unless the two clubs can agree a fee.