Foreign legion in new links with Sunderland

Scott Parker.
Scott Parker.
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SUNDERLAND continue to be linked with a host of foreign players on the back of bringing in four Bosman signings from the continent.

Valentin Roberge, Cabral, El Hadji Ba and Modibo Diakite will all be added to Sunderland’s squad next month when contracts at their current clubs end.

And there is no shortage of overseas players that Sunderland – with new director of football Roberto De Fanti to the fore – continue to be linked with.

Argentine left-back Lucas Orban and Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez have already been mentioned as possible signings, but getting them in could prove tricky and Sunderland continue to look elsewhere.

Palermo striker Abel Hernandez has attracted the interest of several Italian clubs, as well as Sunderland.

But the club’s president, Maurizio Zamparini, is keen to hold on to the 22-year-old.

“In our attack next season will be Abel Hernadez,” said Zamparini.

“This will be a kick in the backside for former coaches that didn’t play him.”

Talks are still ongoing over the Orban situation but there is speculation that Belarus utility player Maksim Bordachev and Le Havre’s Benjamin Mendy are also options on the Wearsiders’ shopping list.

Bordachev, 26, plays for Bate Borisov and is a full international while French Under-19 international left-back Mendy is rumoured to be interesting Sunderland and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Sunderland continue to be linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s veteran midfielder Scott Parker, who played alongside Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio at Charlton around a decade ago.

But such a move would seem unlikely, not least for the ex-Newcastle and England man’s £70,000-a-week wages and the fact he was injury-prone for most of last season.

A more likely destination for the Londoner, who appears to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane, is Queens Park Rangers.

Loftus Road boss Harry Redknapp signed him for Spurs and he remains a huge fan of the player, for whom the challenge of getting QPR straight back into the Premier League might appeal.