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3 Alternatives For Sunderland As Defender Nears Switch

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Sourav Bhakat
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Sunderland have been dealt another defensive blow with Younes Kaboul being linked with a move to Watford. David Moyes has already been rocked by the transfer request handed in by Lamine Kone who is bent on a move to Goodison Park. Though Moyes is trying his best to convince the player to stay, it seems to be too late for that.

Watford have been busy in the market this window and after the opening day draw with Southampton, Walter Mazzarri spoke of plans of adding 3 more players to his side and one of them likely seems to be Kaboul.

With Sunderland on the verge of losing the former Tottenham Hotspur man we look at 3 alternatives the Black Cats could look at.

PHIL JAGIELKA

Even though John Stones was sold to Manchester City, Everton moved swiftly to sign Ashley Williams and have earmarked Sunderland’s Lamine Kone as another target. David Moyes knows the England international from his Everton days and both of them would know each other inside out. Moyes could do with the player’s experience and top-flight pedigree and with first-team opportunities likely to be at a premium at Everton, he could be open to a reunion. But Everton are adamant in their stance of not selling the player as of now.

ANDREA RANOCCHIA

The Italian is on loan at Sampdoria and will be available on free. Clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea were reportedly interested in him but the transfer did not materialise.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 29: Andrea Ranocchia of Italy reacts during the international friendly match between Germany and Italy at Allianz Arena on March 29, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 29: Andrea Ranocchia of Italy reacts during the international friendly match between Germany and Italy at Allianz Arena on March 29, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

The 28-year old has been an integral part of Inter since 2011 and has played a part in many high profile matches. He represented them in 129 games but fell down the pecking order before making a loan move to Sampdoria. He will be an excellent addition to the beleaguered Sunderland backline with his ability in the air and his tackling prowess. He readily puts his body on the line and can also come out of defence with the ball at his feet. He will certainly be a shrewd piece of business by Moyes if Sunderland indeed go for him.

MICHAEL KEANE

The Burnley youngster has been the subject of interest of a number of clubs and it is understood he is willing to move to a different club after sensing a difficult season ahead for the Clarets. Burnley have been near dormant in the transfer window and it is feared staying up will prove a task too difficult for Sean Dyche’s men this season. He is certainly an unfinished product but his physique and presence at both ends of the pitch will be something Sunderland would welcome. And David Moyes will play a massive part in this youngster’s development If Sunderland decide to go for him.

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