Sunderland are NOT interested in signing Holland star Georginio Wijnaldum – but will keep an eye on the Dutch market.
The Black Cats were yesterday reported to have made an £11million bid for the PSV Eindhoven star.
But the Echo understands Sunderland have NO interest in the playmaker – though they will continue to monitor the Dutch market under boss Dick Advocaat.
While Wijnaldum won’t be coming to Wearside, Newcastle remain interested in bringing him to Tyneside this summer.
Head coach Steve McClaren and scout Graham Carr are keeping tabs on the midfielder, who skippered PSV to the Dutch title last season.
Advocaat worked with the player during the 2011-12 campaign and is a fan of the player, but talk of a huge bid for the 24-year-old is fanciful.
However, director of football Lee Congerton is keen to maximise Advocaat’s contacts and knowledge in his home country, especially with the Eredivisie represneting good value for money.
The Dutchman produced a list of transfer targets for Congerton once Sunderland had secured their place in the Premier League.