Sunderland eye up move for former Chelsea ace

Raul+MeirelesColin Young from Mail Online has made a brief appearance in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening to explain to punters that Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is trying to bring former Chelsea midfielder and current Fenerbahce man Raul Meireles back to the Premier League.

The 30-year-old Portuguese international left Stamford Bridge for £8 million last September to join up with the Turkish side after successfully helping the Blues to a memorable Champions League title with some inspired displays against Barcelona.

However the former Liverpool man has struggled to settle with the Istanbul-based side and he could now be set to return to England where he previously spent two campaigns at Anfield and Stamford Bridge respectively.

Black Cats manager Di Canio is now considering a move for Meireles as he continues to strengthen his revamped side ahead of the new season. The former Swindon Town manager has already pulled off a coup by signing Juventus star and Italian international midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini in a bargain £8.6 million swoop recently.

Fulham manager Martin Jol is also understood to be monitoring the situation for the midfielder who originally signed for Liverpool in a £12 million deal from Porto in 2010 before moving to Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland are also rumoured to be interested in bringing Manchester City youngster John Guidetti, 21, into the club. The Swedish striker enjoyed a successful loan spell at Feyenoord in 2011/12 but is still understood to be quite far off a first team berth at the Etihad Stadium.

Would the ex-Chelsea man be a good acquisition for another Premier League side? Let us know your thoughts below.

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