TRANSFER TALK - Man United tracking Sunderland stopper Mannone

WANTED ... Vito Mannone.
WANTED ... Vito Mannone.
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MANCHESTER United are interested in Sunderland stopper Vito Mannone, according to reports in Italy.

Mannone has been one of the stand-out performers for the Black Cats during Gus Poyet’s reign after his £2million summer arrival from Arsenal.

But there is speculation in Italy today that Man United have made an enquiry for Mannone, as they look for back-up to first-choice keeper David De Gea.

Mannone would be wary of such a move after being forced to play a bit-part role at Arsenal and enjoying his first run of regular first-team football in the Premier League.

And Sunderland would be equally resistant to such a deal after unearthing such a competent replacement for the departed Simon Mignolet.

Sunderland’s focus is on adding a keeper to the squad, not selling one, with Keiren Westwood’s season-ending shoulder injury forcing Poyet to look for some cover for Mannone.

The Black Cats have been interested in Catania’s Mariano Andujar, while they were today linked with Genoa’s 36-year-old Argentine Albano Bizzarri.