Sunderland closing on deals for Bessa, Mannone and Huddlestone

Sunderland’s busy summer looks set to continue with Paolo Di Canio lining up a loan move for Inter Milan star Daniel Bessa.

The Italian is hoping to use his connections to bring the 20 year old Brazilian to wearside on a season long loan.

Sunderland’s new look scouting team of Valentino Angeloni and Director of Football Roberto De Fanti have been busy scouring Europe for potential signings and have identified the attacking midfielder as a potential signing.

Bessa is highly rated at Inter and has four years left on his contract. The midfielder spent time on loan with Serie B side Vicenza last season making just three appearances.

Di Canio also has his eye on two other Inter stars with Alfred Duncan, a Ghanaian midfielder dubbed the new Michael Essien, and Ibrahima Mbaye, an 18 year old defender.

While a move for Bessa looks set to materialise, the attempts to land Duncan and Mbaye with two clubs apart in their valuations of the players.

Two other players could also been on their way to the Stadium of Light with Vito Mannone and Tom Huddlestone on Di Canio’s radar.

Mannone, currently Arsenal’s third choice keeper, would provide competition with new number one Kieren Westwood while Spurs midfielder Huddlestone, who has also been linked with Fulham, is a reported target.

A move for Mannone would set Sunderland back £2.8 million while a move for Spurs play-maker would cost £5 million.

The 26 year old Huddlestone is believed to be frustrated with his role at White Hart Lane despite making 28 appearances last season and is eyeing up a summer move in a bid to re-ignite his England career.

Hull City are also keen on striking a deal for the 4 times capped International but Sunderland are in pole position at the moment.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.