The Sun is reporting that Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will return to his old club to sign highly rated Honduran left back Maynor Figueroa who is valued at upwards of £6 million after a wonder strike against Stoke last weekend. Bruce, who brought Figueroa to England originally, has already raided his former club since taking over at Sunderland to sign midfielder Lee Cattermole and will now go back to snap up the 26 year old full back.
Figueroa originally joined Wigan on loan in January 2008 and ended up signing a permanent deal at the end of that calendar year after sufficiently impressing Bruce. He went on to prove a regular member of Wigan’s team as the seasons wore on and has remained first choice under new manager Roberto Martinez. Figueroa has played in every game for Wigan this season apart from their 9 – 1 drubbing at Tottenham.
Sunderland meanwhile are looking to strengthen their defence to aid their away form which has been terrible this season. There’s also rumours of defenders leaving with Anton Ferdinand the name most mentioned so bringing in replacements is high on Bruce’s agenda. Should Sunderland wish to sign Figueroa they will face opposition though, with a number of clubs – notably including Tottenham – also interested in signing him.
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