Sunderland target Tiago Ilori looks set to snub any interest from the Black Cats - because the city is ‘too cold’.
Liverpool youngster Ilori has been scouted by Sunderland over the last six months as they look to bolster their defensive ranks.
He spent last season on loan at Bordeaux, and has yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team since his move from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.
But his father, Kola, claims the 22-year-old will be given every chance to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans - and appeared to pour scorn on Sunderland’s interest.
“We talked last week about the future of Tiago,” his father said. “They (Liverpool) say he will have a chance and go in the pre-season tour of Thailand.
“There are other clubs interested, like Sunderland, but Sunderland is a cold city.”
Ilori is currently competing for Portugal in the Euro U21 Championships, and helped shackle Harry Kane & Co in their first game as they beat England 1-0 before keeping Italy at bay in a goalless draw.
Sunderland, however, remain more interested in Ilori’s Liverpool team-mate Sebastian Coates, and hope to tie up a deal to sign him after the centre-half returns from international duty with Uruguay.
Coates played the full 90 minutes as Uruguay qualified for the quarter-finals with a 1-1 draw against Paraguay at the weekend.