Sunderland are ready to sign Hamburg’s Mancienne.
Hamburger SV and former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has emerged as a £2m target for Sunderland, according to Mercato365.
The 26-year-old came through the Blues youth system and broke into the first team back in 2006, before spending time on-loan with both QPR and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Mancienne finally left Stamford Bridge permanently in 2011 when Hamburg paid the west Londoners £3m for the ex-England under-21 international.
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The centre-back left the club having played just six first team matches and has found more luck in Germany with 46 appearances to date in all competitions.
Unfortunately for the defender his time at the Imtech Arena has been greatly interrupted by injuries and as a result general manager Oliver Kreuzer has admitted, the Englishman could be sold.
“At this point in time, I would not rule out anything in the case of Michael Mancienne, even not keeping him at our club,” Kreuzer was quoted by Sky Sports.
This is why the Black Cats have stepped up their interest, as Gus Poyet looks to put his own stamp on a squad full of players signed by former manager Paolo Di Canio.
Poyet’s side are in very real danger of getting relegated from the Premier League this season and need to string together some good results to ensure their top flight survival.
They also have an aging back four, with the likes of Wes Brown, Carlos Cuellar and club captain John O’Shea all well into their 30s and it’s about time to freshen things up at the Stadium of Light.