Black Cats planning to pounce for Chadli
Sunderland, 11/4 for a top 10 finish, look set to continue their recruitment drive with a move for seemingly unwanted Spurs star Nacer Chadli.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet recently revealed his frustrations at his club’s lack of transfer window activity, admitting: “I cannot wait another week”
“It’s clear we need a few new players and it has not been as quick as I would have expected.”
Poyet’s words seem to have had the intended result, with new signing Jack Rodwell and loan star Santiago Vergini arriving shortly thereafter. However, Sunderland are still believed to be in the market for several further additions, particularly in attack.
Belgium winger Chadli, 25, would seem to be a realistic option for the Black Cats, as he appears to be on the fringes of new Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
Already linked with an exit from White Hart Lane as a sweetener in potential deals for Pochettino’s apparent top targets, such as Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, it seems Chadli’s days as a Spurs star are numbered.
A move for Dutch wideman Depay would almost certainly see winger Chadli depart, after just one season at the north London club.
Despite representing his country at the World Cup, the wingman has failed to dazzle in the Premier League following his £7m transfer from Twente, as one of a raft of new recruits brought in with the money from Gareth Bale’s sale to Real Madrid.
Chadli had enjoyed a prolific season for Twente, netting 18 times in 38 outings, before joining Tottenham in 2013. He was unable to hit those heights again, though, only contributing five goals to Spurs’ cause last campaign.
It seems Chadli will not be given another chance to impress at White Hart Lane, with Pochettino reportedly keen to use the Belgian as bait in another deal, or offload him for a straight fee. Sunderland, however, are believed to favour a season-long loan.
Versatile Chadli, who can be deployed on either wing or as a central attacking midfielder, would be able to plug numerous holes in Poyet’s squad. The Sunderland boss has seen a spate of players be released or leave on free transfers this summer, but has only added six fresh faces to his depleted squad.
Former Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt and Rodwell are the only two additions who have commanded a fee so far, as Sunderland, who are 9/2 to be relegated, continue to pursue Liverpool forward Fabio Borini. It is believed the Italian attacker would cost a large portion of Poyet’s available funds, which indicates why the Black Cats are targeting loan moves.