AMERICAN World Cup defender Matt Besler claims Sunderland have made a move for his signature.
The Black Cats have been on the look-out for a new central defender this summer, with veteran duo John O’Shea and Wes Brown both in the final 12 months of their contracts at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland saw a move for Swansea’s Ashley Williams fall through after he penned a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, but Besler has now emerged as a viable alternative after an outstanding World Cup for the US.
The £3million-rated defender’s employers, Sporting Kansas City, have been eager to tie him down to a new contract, yet reports today insisted there were 10 clubs in England and Germany looking to sign the 27-year-old.
Besler has confirmed that Sunderland and relegated Fulham are among those who have been in contact with the Major League Soccer outfit and expects an imminent decision on his future.
“I know that Fulham has offered to Kansas City and I know that Sunderland put in an offer or are putting in an offer,” he told American radio station Sports Radio 810 today.
“We’re trying to get something done as soon as possible.
“It’s a situation which needs to get resolved.
“I want to be staying in Kanasa City if I’m going to stay.
“But if they’re going to sell me, then I want to know as soon as possible.
“It’s not just my decision. It’s the club’s decision if they want to sell or not. But I would definitely have an input on a team.”
Besler insists though that if he is to leave America’s MLS, then it has to be for the right club, despite US national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann’s desire to see as many of his players as possible ply their trade in Europe.
“I’ve been in contact with Jurgen a lot over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some conversations,” added Besler, who is under contract at Kansas until the end of 2015.
“He wants his players to be playing over in Europe.
“But the thing with me is that it has to be the right situation.
“Of course he wants his players to try to make it (in Europe) and eventually play for an Arsenal or Manchester United.
“But he doesn’t want a player just to go over to Europe when you’re sitting on the bench and you’re not happy.
“He wants a player to go over there and succeed.
“That’s really important for me. If I’m ever going to go anywhere, it has to be the right situation.
“I’m not going to go over there just because it’s Europe and just because it’s a lot of money.
“Kansas City is a very good club and it’s a very good situation. I’ve developed just fine over here.”