Sunderland, Aston Villa and West Ham are fighting for the Serbian midfielder, but Sunderland are now favourites…
Sunderland have stolen a march on English rivals Aston Villa and West Ham, in the pursuit of Inter Milan’s Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, reports The Express.
Kuzmanovic only joined Inter Milan in January from Stuttgart, but was not given the regular playing time he desires, and started only ten matches for the Nerazzurri.
It had previously been claimed that the 25-year-old was close to a move to Malaga, but now the English clubs have taken the lead in the fight for his signature.
A £5m fee could be enough for the Italian giants to cut their losses on the player, although no club has lodged a bid yet.
The Serb, capped 47 times by his country, has a fizzing long shot, and has an impressive array of passing. He is not a tackling midfielder though, and could potentially struggle with the physicality of the Premier League. He enjoys playing long diagonals, which would suit West Ham perfectly, due to their direct style and the height and strength of Andy Carroll up top.
Sunderland have already signed nine players this window, and have shown they are not afraid to take the initiative in the transfer market. Kuzmanovic is an Italian speaker, and the lure of working with Paulo Di Canio and playing first-team football could be too much to resists.