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Sunderland set to swoop for 3m-rated Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller

20 Jan 2011 11:07:38

Sunderland set to swoop for 3m-rated Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has started his search to replace Darren Bent by opening talks with Stoke City over a £3m move for Ricardo Fuller The Black Cats manager met his scouts and coaches on Wednesday for a lengthy discussion on how best to invest the money from Bent's £24million switch to Aston Villa and they are ready to turn to Fuller, 31, in the short term. Full of it: Sunderland could bring in Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller to replace Darren Bent A loan deal for Monaco's Dieumerci Mbokani, 25, is also an option. Jamaica forward Fuller, who is troubled by knee problems, would be an ideal solution before the end of the season and would allow Bruce to pursue bigger targets in the summer. In demand: Sunderland are also keeping tabs on Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia and Manchester City's Adam Johnson remain at the fore in Sunderland's search for an attacking midfielder. But the chance of taking former Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing from Villa back to the North East has diminished after the Bent spat.  Death threats aimed at Bent as fall-out rumbles on over Villa's £24m signingSunderland ponder a £1m move for Panathinaikos defender SeitaridisAll the latest Sunderland news, features and opinionAll the latest Stoke news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Darren Bent, Stewart Downing, Steve Bruce, Adam Johnson Places: Monaco, Monaco, Jamaica


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