Since deciding to take the Sunderland job on a permanent basis following his two months helping the club avoid relegation Dick Advocaat is hoping to put together a group of players, who next season will win more than just the paltry seven games they managed last time around. To that end Advocaat has turned his attentions to a player he is already familiar with.
Over the raised voices here in the Football Transfer Tavern we’ve been chatting about how the former Zenit St Petersburg manager has made an offer for Belgian defender Nicolas Lombaerts, who is currently playing for the Russian club.
Advocaat originally signed Lombaerts for Zenit back in 2007 and so obviously has been keeping an eye on the lad and is happy with how his game has progressed.
According to the Daily Mail, the Russians have put a £10 million value on the defender while the Black Cats are proposing a fee of just £5 million which Zenit are currently mulling over.
Advocaat is sure to stay quite active in the transfer market as the North-eastern club continues to be linked with players like Dynamo Kiev’s Dutch international forward Jeremain Lens who they are said to be conducting talks with.
Reports are also that Sunderland are in competition with local rivals Newcastle for a loan-deal for Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.