SUNDERLAND have been linked in Turkey with a possible move for Galatasaray striker Johan Elmander.
The Black Cats are reported to be rivals with Steve Bruce’s Hull City for the signature of the 32-year-old forward, well-known to English fans from his time spent at Bolton Wanderers.
But is unlikely that the Swedish international is a genuine target for Sunderland – even though the forward’s reputation is enhanced after going into the close season on the back of a title-winning campaign – the second season in a row he has won the Turkish Super League title with his club.
Elmander has been transfer-listed by Galatasaray as the club looks to comply with tighter foreign player restrictions brought in by the Turkish Football Federation and that has put Hull on alert.
Bruce wants to add muscle and experience to his front-line and 6ft 1ins Elmander would supply both.
On top of that, 32-year-old Elmander knows all about English football after being at the Reebok Stadium from 2008-11 where he scored 18 goals in 82 starts.
But the powerful striker has never been particularly prolific and much of last season found himself struggling with injuries.
After joining Galatasaray on a free transfer from Bolton he scored 12 times in 30 games 2011-12 title winning season.
This season just gone, he has scored four goals in 14 appearances but he will be relatively cheap to bring in – he was Bolton’s most expensive signing when he joined in a £10m deal from Toulouse but is believed to be available for £400,000.
He does not though fit the game-plan of either Sunderland owner Ellis Short or head coach Paolo Di Canio.
Short is looking to lower wage bills and buy players in as investments who have their best years ahead of him. Di Canio too wants to bring in youthful players but he also wants to up the Black Cats goalscoring dramatically and Elmander would not be the answer to that particular problem.