Sunderland’s sensational spending spree is set to continue as Steve Bruce has now turned his attention towards out-of-favour frontman Jermain Defoe.
On a weekend that could see the black cats reveal Manchester United’s Darren Gibson as the TENTH new addition on Wearside, since the transfer market opened this summer, Bruce will ponder over the prospect of using Asamoah Gyan as bait to reel in a deal with the North Londoners.
According to the Daily Mail a straight swap between the two would see Sunderland demand a further £5m, for the man they paid French side Rennes £13m for last summer.
It seems highly unlikely Bruce would be willing to part with the clubs record breaking signing after only one season that has seen him settle into the premiership beating the keeper 11 times.
Talking to BBC Newcastle, Steve Bruce insisted it would take a “wonder bid” for him to consider Gyan’s departure and indicated he is a strong first choice.
He added “As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking forward to seeing Gyan being ready for the Premier League better than what he was last year. I think he’ll be better – he knows what to expect and I’m expecting big things from him.”
The Daily Mail has also reported if Gyan were to be left out of the approach for Defoe, then Sunderland are willing to launch an £8m bid to tempt him with a move to the Stadium of light.
At the age of 28, the England International would certainly have a lot to offer. After a frustrating season a White Hart Lane that has witnessed him plummet from Harry Redknapp’s plans, a move away certainly looks on the cards.
The way Sunderland are recruiting, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Defoe Kicking off the new campaign wearing the red and white stripes.
With a solid run in the side, full of confidence, an inform Jermain Defoe is as good as anybody on his day… He could form some partnership up top with Gyan… Who knows?
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