Bruce set for busy return
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will return to his desk to find himself thrust into a whirlwind of transfer speculation. The 48-year-old interrupted a family holiday in Portugal to complete his move to the Stadium of Light from Wigan a fortnight ago, and immediately flew back out to recommence his break. However, he is expected back later this week when he will begin his recruitment drive in earnest having completed some of the groundwork during his time away. Bruce has been promised the backing of new owner Ellis Short in the transfer market, and while talk of a £200million war-chest has been dismissed, it is understood he could have up to £50million to strengthen the squad he inherited from Ricky Sbragia and before him, former Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane. The Black Cats have already been linked with a £10million bid for Tottenham striker Darren Bent, a £7million swoop for Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole and a £5million approach for Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. However, while it is understood there is interest in all three players, sources in north London have insisted there has been no formal contact over Bent, who is expected to leave White Hart Lane this summer. Cattermole has indicated his intention to see what prospective new Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has to say on his return from the European Under-21 Championships before making any decisions on his future. In addition, Calum Davenport, who spent a successful spell on loan at Sunderland at the end of last season, has made no secret of his interest in securing a permanent move to the north east.
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