TRANSFER TALK: Sunderland pursuing Inter Milan midfield star Zdravko Kuzmanovic?

Paolo Di Canio is pondering midfield reinforcements.
Paolo Di Canio is pondering midfield reinforcements.
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SUNDERLAND have been alerted to the availability of Inter Milan’s Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

The 25-year-old only joined the Italian side in January this year but has failed to fit into the team’s way of playing and has been told he is being put up for sale this summer.

This week the club will listen to offers with both Sunderland and Aston Villa reputed to have made enquiries according to the Sunday Mirror but there is also interest from Malaga and the Serb’s former club Stuttgart.

Kuzmanovic joined Inter from Stuttgart, having enjoyed a decent spell at the Bundesliga club from 2009-13, scoring 18 goals in 93 appearances.

But his time at Inter has been less successful – playing only 10 games and failing to score in any of them.

There is more to the 6ft tall Eastern European than goals and he is reported to feel aggrieved not to be given more playing time at the San Siro.

But while a parting of the ways looks inevitable, it remains to be seen which club he will join, although Stuttgart looks unlikely with things having turned sour prior to his departure.

Kuzmanovic is said to have a £3.5m release clause in his contract but Sunderland are currently looking at a string of potential targets in midfield and others look to be higher up the shopping list than the Serb currently is.