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 Post subject: Sunderland Wundlund
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Peter Crouch is set to move to Sunderland after Black Cats boss Steve Bruce made a £14million bid that matches Portsmouth's asking price.

People Sport revealed on May 31 that Bruce was after the England striker, who has publicly aired his despair over Pompey's long-running take-over saga.

Bruce is desperate to bolster his forward line and has been in for Fraizer Campbell and Darren Bent, but Crouch has always been at the top of his wishlist. Crouch will be the second big name to leave Fratton Park this summer - Glen Johnson joined Liverpool last month.

Crouch knows that he has still to convince England boss Fabio Capello that he should be on the plane to next year's World Cup Finals in South Africa and wants to play for a club that won't be fighting relegation next term.

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 Post subject: Black Cats close on Da Silva
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Da Silva: Sunderland target

Sunderland are closing in on the signing of Paraguay defender Paulo Da Silva.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has targeted the Deportivo Toluca defender as his first signing at the Stadium of Light.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Toluca and Bruce is ready to lure him to Wearside.

Toluca have confirmed they were not able to compete with Sunderland's offer once they made their interest known in the centre-back.

"The English team's offer was not within our reach," read a Toluca club statement.

Da Silva is believed to be travelling to England next week to tie up the move and he is excited at the prospect of playing in England.

"First of all I want to thank the Deportivo Toluca for the effort they made and for giving me the opportunity to fulfil a dream, which is playing in Europe, it is certainly an important step in my football career," Da Silva told Toulca's official website.


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 Post subject: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Striker Fraizer Campbell has completed his £3.5m move from Manchester United to Sunderland after signing a four-year contract with the Wearsiders.

The deal for the 21-year-old forward, who was also wanted by Hull manager Phil Brown, could rise to £6m.

He passed a medical on Saturday to become Steve Bruce's first signing.

Campbell had a loan spell with Hull during the 2007-08 campaign, when he scored 15 goals, and spent much of last season at Tottenham.

He made just one league start for Spurs but played a part in helping them get to the Carling Cup final, although he was ineligible to play against United in the final.

The England Under-21 international came through United's academy set up and made his debut for the first team when he came off the bench against Manchester rivals City in August 2007.

His only Premier League start for the Old Trafford club came against Newcastle at the start of last season.


Sunderland boss Bruce is expected to spend big this summer, with the promised backing of millionaire owner Ellis Short convincing him to leave Wigan to take over as boss at the Stadium of Light.

Bruce failed with a bid for Wigan midfielder Lee Catermole on Friday and has been linked with Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch and Tottenham forward Darren Bent.

With the club deciding against a move for Djibril Cisse, following the end of his loan spell, and allowing Michael Chopra to join Cardiff, the forward position was one area Bruce has been looking to strengthen.


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 Post subject: Sunderland Chase £7 Million Philippe Senderos
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The Swiss defender looks to be headed north, according to a report in a British tabloid.

Sunderland are reportedly ready to make a move for Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, according to the Sunday People.

The British tabloid claims that manager Steve Bruce will offer the Gunners £7 million for the Swiss international as he seeks to strengthen his squad this summer.

The Black Cats had been in the hunt to sign Richard Dunne from Manchester City but after he reportedly rejected a move to the Stadium of Light, they have now turned their attentions to Senderos.

The 24-year-old’s future in north London looks unclear, after he spent last season on loan in Italy with AC Milan.

However, the Serie A side declined to sign the player on a long term basis and he has now returned to the Emirates.

Yet despite having joined Arsenal in 2003, Senderos has failed to claim a regular place in the starting XI, and with Thomas Vermaelen having arrived from Ajax his chances of becoming a regular again look slim.

All of which appears to have alerted Sunderland who may face competition from his signature from the likes of Aston Villa, Fiorentina, Roma and Villarreal.

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The Turk could be set to extend his sojourn in the North East of England, but on Wearside rather than Teesside...

Sunderland have been linked with a clutch of players during this summer's transfer window, as new manager Steve Bruce looks to spend some of the large transfer kitty reportedly available to him.

The Black Cats have already snapped up England Under-21 striker Fraizer Campbell for a reported £5.5 million, beating Hull City to the deal, and look set to add Tottenham Hotspur's Darren Bent to their squad this week.

However, North East newspaper The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Middlesbrough forward Tuncay Sanli is also on the Mackems' radar. The Turk is keen on a move away from the Riverside, after last season's relegation to the Championship.

It had been reported that the player, who can play up front or in a more withdrawn playmaking role, is close to sealing a move to Aston Villa, but it seems now as though Steve Bruce's men have emerged as an alternative, as they look to flex some of their reported financial muscle ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season on August 15.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Report: Sunderland Prepare Bid For Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson

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Having missed out on Richard Dunne, the Black Cats are now after the Spurs centre-half...

After Richard Dunne rejected their advances, Sunderland are reportedly ready to make a bid for Michael Dawson, the Tottenham Hotspur defender.

According to The News Of The World, Steve Bruce has now turned his attentions to Dawson, after Dunne decided to stay at Manchester City.

It is believed that Spurs will demand around £6 million for the 25-year-old centre-back.

Dawson has made 136 appearances during his four years at White Hart Lane, and still has four years left on his current contract.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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It must have been a rather difficult week for Craig Bellamy. Bought by Manchester Ctiy amid much fanfare just a few months ago, the Welshman is set to be relegated to fifth-choice striker at Eastlands following the signings of Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz and imminent arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor. Don't forget about Robinho, folks.

So perhaps it's not a surprise to read in the Mail that 'Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is ready to offer Craig Bellamy a dramatic return to the North East'.

The story rounds off by announcing, 'The move may not be popular with Sunderland fans who will remember Bellamy's spell at rivals Newcastle but Bruce is determined to make Sunderland the ninth club of the Welshman's career.'

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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England striker Peter Crouch flew into the north-east on Thursday morning to discuss a £12million switch to Sunderland.

The 28-year-old arrived at Newcastle International Airport at around 11.10am after the Black Cats finally agreed a fee with Portsmouth at around midnight.

He will hold talks with Steve Bruce, but has also been heavily linked with Fulham amid suggestions he will head for the London club on Friday.

The 6ft 7in frontman has reportedly become unsettled by the ongoing uncertainty off the pitch at Fratton Park and is ready to consider a move away just a year after joining the club from Liverpool in a transfer valued at up to £11million.

Tottenham are also understood to have an interest in him, with manager Harry Redknapp having worked with the player at both Southampton and Pompey.

Macclesfield-born Crouch scored 16 goals in 49 appearances for his club last season, and also played six times for England, finding the back of the net in World Cup qualifier victories over Ukraine and Andorra.

Bruce admitted his interest in the player yesterday, and said his capture would signal Sunderland's intent this season.

He said: "He is a player I have admired for a very long time, and I suppose a lot of other managers do exactly the same thing.

"We hope we can try to put something together because he would be the type of player, of course, that would signal our intention of the way we want to take the football club forward."

Bruce has already signed one striker this summer, England Under-21 international Fraizer Campbell, while Paraguay skipper Paulo da Silva has also completed a move to the Stadium of Light.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has confirmed he is not giving up in his pursuit of Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole.

The Latics have rejected an offer for Cattermole from their Premier League rivals and insist the 21-year-old is not for sale.

However, it is understood the Black Cats have now increased their bid to £6million in an attempt to convince Wigan to sell.

Bruce signed Cattermole for Wigan from Middlesbrough last summer and the England Under-21 international impressed during his debut campaign.

He remains a target for Sunderland, with Bruce hoping a deal can be agreed when chairman Niall Quinn is back on the case.

"The bid was knocked back, but when Niall Quinn comes back in two days we'll see if we can make it happen," said Bruce in the Daily Mirror.

"I've not given up.

"We all know money talks and I've made it obvious with the bid for Lee that he's a player I like."

Bruce has already signed Fraizer Campbell and Paulo Da Silva in the past week, and is also keen to agree a deal for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch.

And he is unlikely to stop there in his recruitment drive, adding: "I have six targets which I gave the chairman a few weeks back and I've not wavered from those at all."

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Even though Peter Crouch held talks with Sunderland yesterday after Pompey accepted their £12m bid for the striker, it remains to be seen if he does end up in the north-east.

It's thought likely that Crouch will now hold talks with Fulham and is keen on moving to London. To quote Sunderland manager Steve Bruce: "We'll keep our fingers crossed but obviously location is the big thing."

The Mail also says that Bruce is keen on signing Darren Bent from Tottenham as well as Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated midfielder Lee Cattermole is not for sale at any price.

Cattermole is a target for former Latics boss Steve Bruce, who is keen to bring the England Under-21 international to Sunderland.

Reports suggest the Black Cats have seen a second offer, thought to be £6million, turned down by the Latics.

Martinez is currently planning for the new season and expects Cattermole to remain a Wigan player.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Sunderland have ended their interest in Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch.

The Black Cats agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old when he travelled to Wearside to meet manager Steve Bruce and discuss a proposed £12million last Thursday.

However, Sunderland have decided not to pursue the matter further, believing the England international wants to remain in the south with Fulham and Tottenham also targeting him.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve Bruce's Sundlund Bonanza
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Wrote Alan Nixon in The Daily Mirror on July 20:

'England striker Peter Crouch wants a £90,000-a-week deal from Sunderland - to the shock of Steve Bruce. Crouch and his advisers have told the Black Cats that they are looking for a rise on his current sky-high Portsmouth salary before the £12million move goes through.'

Said Crouch's agent Jonathan 'You're Taking The P***' Barnett on July 21:

"We had a very, very good meeting with Sunderland and Peter liked it very much and was impressed with Steve Bruce. Now it is just a case of going away and thinking about it. There is obviously other interest but it was a good meeting over at Sunderland.

"What I will say is that some of the (wage) figures being banded about in the media are absolutely ridiculous."

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Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has revealed that he could join Sunderland after stating contact with the Premier League club is at an advanced stage.

The 25-year-old has been reported to be close to a move to England throughout the summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confessing he has been tracking the Morocco star.

Fulham and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Chamakh but Sunderland, whose link was ridiculed by Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud earlier in July, appear to be in pole position.

The forward could stay at Bordeaux but he has confessed that Sunderland, who are looking for a target man after ending a pursuit of Peter Crouch, have made significant efforts for his signature.

Chamakh said in L'Equipe: "Bordeaux have made me a more attractive proposition to stay.

"So contrary to what some people say, I don't want to leave for money but to experience a new challenge.

"In France, it is impossible that I could go anywhere else than Bordeaux, because that club will remain in my heart.

"However, I have made the wish to have a new adventure in England, and I would like that idea to happen.

"The contact which has reached advanced stages is with Sunderland.

"Maybe for some people it is not a great club, but it is fine to me. I know it can be a step forward and it is what I want."

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Former Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has been appointed as Steve Bruce's new chief scout.

The Black Cats have confirmed the Scot had agreed to head up the club's coaching set-up after being promised a job for life following his stint as first-team boss last season.

Bruce said: "Ricky has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I'm delighted that he will be heading up our scouting operation.

"He has a vast network of contacts and he knows just what it takes to be a successful footballer at this club, so I'm sure he will be a fantastic asset to our backroom team."

Sbragia will succeed Mick Brown, who left the club earlier this month as part of a reshuffle in the wake of Bruce's appointment as the former Manchester United and Bolton coach's successor.

He first joined the club in 1994 as youth team coach and later took charge of the reserves.

He returned as first team coach in 2007 under Roy Keane, and was asked to take over as caretaker manager following the Irishman's departure in December last year.

A narrow 1-0 defeat at United in his first game in charge was followed by a 4-0 home victory over West Brom and a 4-1 win at Hull, and after he guided the Black Cats to a 0-0 draw with Blackburn on Boxing Day, chairman Niall Quinn offered him the job on a permanent basis.

Sbragia reluctantly accepted, but went on to win just three of the remaining 19 Barclays Premier League games as Sunderland slipped into the battle for top-flight survival.

Their status was secured on the final day of the season despite a 3-2 home defeat by Chelsea, and within minutes of the final whistle, he stood down.

Quinn was at pains to stress just how important a role Sbragia had played as new owner Ellis Short completed his takeover and Bruce was recruited, and he was desperate to keep him on board.

The new manager too was keen to retain his expertise, saying last week: "I am revamping the scouting at the club - I think it is vitally important part, especially today - and I have offered Ricky the head role in that.

"I sincerely hope he does [take it] because he is a very genuinely good man and good at his job."

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Sunderland head into Friday night's Amsterdam Tournament clash with Benfica as their efforts to sign a striker hot up.

With manager Steve Bruce having put the Peter Crouch saga behind him, the Black Cats have now turned their attention to alternative targets, and Bordeaux frontman Marouane Chamakh has hinted a move could be completed soon after Arsenal's interest failed to materialise amid competition from Sunderland, Blackburn, Tottenham and Fulham.

He reportedly told French radio: "I have told Bordeaux I need to go there. I want to play in the Premier League and Sunderland is a good challenge for me.

"I didn't mind waiting, but as far as Arsenal are concerned, it has taken too long, unlike Sunderland.

"I could have waited, but Bordeaux wanted this response quickly, so I could not do it any other way."

Chamakh, who has rejected the offer of a new contract at Bordeaux, is also a target for Lyon, but seems intent on a move to the Barclays Premier League.

He is not Sunderland's only target, however, with Darren Bent's name still high on Bruce's list.

His club Tottenham are actively engaged in the race for Crouch's signature after he indicated he did not want to move to Wearside, but they could do with the proceeds of Bent's departure after yesterday sealing a joint swoop for Sheffield United youngsters Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker while needing defensive cover for Jonathan Woodgate.

The Black Cats will hope their urgency means they are prepared to do a deal on Bent, with their initial valuation understood to be in excess of the £12million Sunderland offered for England international Crouch.

In the meantime, Bruce's men will step up their preparations for the new season in Amsterdam with goalkeeper Marton Fulop determined to make the most of Craig Gordon's continuing injury problems.

The 26-year-old Hungary international has himself missed the friendlies against Darlington and Portimonense with an Achilles problem, but is now raring to go.

Gordon's injury and the fact Darren Ward has retired and Nick Colgan left the club means they are short in that department, but Fulop has only one thing on his mind.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "I know the goalkeeping situation is a concern for the club, but it is no concern of mine.

"My only focus is to do the best I can do and look to establish myself as the club's number one goalkeeper.

"Last season, I played a lot of Premier League games for Sunderland and my aim is to make sure that happens again.

"I have to concentrate purely on myself and doing the very best I can for this club."

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed he is doing his "utmost" to try to sign Tottenham striker Darren Bent.

Bruce is anxious to improve his attacking options at the Stadium of Light and has already missed out on Portsmouth forward Peter Crouch.

Bordeaux ace Marouane Chamakh remains a target and England international Bent has also been heavily linked with a move.

The Black Cats' interest in the 25-year-old has now been confirmed, with Bruce admitting talks are ongoing between the two clubs.

A fee is believed to be the sticking point, with Spurs reportedly wanting to recoup the £16.5million paid to Charlton for Bent two years ago, while Sunderland valuing him at £12million.

"Darren Bent is another one where we are trying our utmost," said Bruce in the Sunday Sun.

"We have tried all summer for Peter Crouch and Darren Bent. Talks are ongoing as we speak at a high level.

"We hope we can do something with it, but as we have just experienced last week, we can get knocked back as well.

"We have to agree a fee - obviously it isn't done yet. But we are talking.

"The one thing I have to do to attract top players here is to make Sunderland an established Premier League team. It is a club that has been up and down too much in recent history."

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is still keen to sign Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole despite splashing out on Lorik Cana.

Albania international Cana secured a £5million move to Sunderland from Marseille on Friday and will become the club's new captain following the sale of Dean Whitehead to Stoke.

Bruce had been chasing Cattermole prior to landing Cana and retains an interest in a player he signed for the Latics from Middlesbrough 12 months ago.

Wigan have rejected an offer from the Black Cats and insist Cattermole is not for sale, however Bruce is not giving up on his pursuit of the 21-year-old.

"It is a position where we haven't got much available with Dean gone and if good players become available, we will be in for them," Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.

"Lee is still in that category. I have not given up hope.

"I have got to be respectful to Wigan and they're within their rights not wanting to sell, but we'll have to see what develops."

Meanwhile, Bruce confirmed Cana will take on the captain's armband at the Stadium of Light following the departure of Whitehead.

He added: "Cana will be the captain.

"He's been the captain of Marseille, he's the captain of Albania and he's a real competitor - the type of player we needed after Dean Whitehead joined Stoke.

"He's powerful, he's been a winner all his life and I'm sure he's suited to the Premier League."

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The Black Cats boss says Spurs are asking too much for their striker...

Darren Bent's proposed transfer to Sunderland is in doubt as the clubs have failed to agree on a fee for the striker.

Black Cats manager Steve Bruce turned his attention to the former Charlton Athletic forward after missing out on Peter Crouch but it now looks like he will be frustrated again.

When asked about the possibility of signing Bent, Bruce told The Sunderland Echo, "It's one we are visiting but we can't wait around forever.

"We are still a bit short – way off in terms of valuation at the moment. We will look at it, but if we can't agree we can't agree.

"We will move on to the next one because we can't go on forever. We are not making much headway."

Bruce was speaking after seeing his side beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the Amsterdam tournament, Kieran Richardson claiming both the goals.

Meanwhile, Bent could do little to help his present club, Spurs, as they lost 2-0 to Celtic in the Wembley Cup.

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