TRANSFER TALK: Sunderland tracking Livorno’s Paulinho?

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SUNDERLAND are rumoured to be tracking Livorno striker Paulinho, although the Brazilian’s own agent has cast doubt over any potential move.

Paulinho has been tracked by several European clubs since helping Livorno to promotion to Italy’s Serie A last season, with Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Werder Bremen all linked to the 27-year-old.

Reports in the Italian press today have now mooted Sunderland as possible suitors, in a £6.5million deal.

But Paulinho’s agent, Andrea Bagnoli, believes the frontman will need to prove himself in Serie A before he leaves Italy in a big money deal.

“In my opinion, a player like him, before going abroad must score 10 to 12 goals in the Italian league,” said Bagnoli.

Sunderland are in the hunt for fresh firepower this season, but are highly unlikely to pay such a lofty fee for an unproven frontman.