Sunderland target set to seal move to Moscow

Sunderland's Danny Rose.
Sunderland's Danny Rose.
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CROATIAN international Ivan Strinic is expected to join Dynamo Moscow at the end of the season, despite Sunderland’s interest last summer.

Strinic was considered by Sunderland as a solution for the problem position of left-back last August, prior to the loan arrival of Spurs defender Danny Rose.

With Kieran Richardson expressing a desire to leave the Stadium of Light, Martin O’Neill was keen to land a specialist left-back and Strinic was one who fitted the bill.

Sunderland were understood to have made an inquiry with Ukrainian outfit Dnipro over the 25-year-old, only to shelve their interest due to the asking price.

O’Neill told the Echo at the end of August: “We did put in some offers for what I consider really decent players on the continent, but we never got round to matching their valuations.”

But although Sunderland are hopeful of signing Rose on a permanent deal after a hugely successful loan spell, there is no guarantee that the Black Cats will be able to snare the England Under-21 international.

Publicly, at least, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas insisted that Rose is not for sale when the two clubs met at the Stadium of Light in December.

And even if Rose does become available, Spurs will demand a significant transfer fee for the 22-year-old.

Strinic could emerge as a viable potential alternative, yet his agent, Tonci Martic, says Dynamo Moscow are in pole position for the 26-time Croatian international.

“We received a concrete proposal from Sunderland, but Dnipro rejected the deal,” said Martic.

“With regards to Dynamo Moscow, there have been no formal negotiations but maybe something will change in the summer.”