Sunderland eyed £10m bids for Celtic and Hull stars before sealing Bryan Oviedo deal

Sunderland have been linked with £10million moves for two left-backs - but will focus on a striker after sealing the signing of Bryan Oviedo yesterday.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 8:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 8:26 am
Andy Robertson

Black Cats boss David Moyes yesterday brought Oviedo to the Stadium of Light on a three and a half year contract as part of a double raid on his old club Everton, with Darron Gibson also joining his former boss on Wearside.

Moyes had been desperate to add a left-back to his squad after sanctioning the sale of Patrick van Aanholt to relegation rivals Crystal Palace.

But with the Oviedo deal initially looking like a no-go, as Everton boss Ronald Koeman aimed to keep hold of him, the Echo understands Moyes switched his attention to Scottish duo Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson.

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Sources in Scotland claim that Sunderland bid £10million for Hull City defender Robertson, with his old club Dundee United set for a £1million fee as part of a sell-on clause inserted when the left-back joined the Tigers.

Burnley now appear to be in pole position to complete a deadline day move for the player, while Celtic teenager Tierney - who has also been linked with Manchester United - was another player considered by Moyes to solve his left-back problem.

Having completed a deal for Oviedo, however, Sunderland will now focus their attention on bringing a striker to the Stadium of Light before today's 11pm deadline.

Moyes said: "We would like to try and get a centre-forward in, a big centre-forward, if we can."