Cavanda could be next on the list for Sunderland

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio could follow up the signing of Lazio centre-back Modibo Diakité with another Lazio defender, Belgian Under-21 right back, Luis Pedro Cavanda.

Both players are represented by Ulisse Savani, the Bologna based agent.  Speaking to Italian website, he said when asked if Cavanda would be following his ex-teammate to Sunderland that  “We’ll see. We are considering various possibilities and among them is Sunderland.”

He added:  “The reasons why Inter and Napoli did not take Diakité are several and they are not economic reasons, but rather that Sunderland showed they really wanted him.  We are grateful and the player is delighted to have become their player.”

But it would be Di Canio who would be most grateful if he could reunite the defensive duo at the Stadium of light, as he continues to rebuild the club after coming in late last season to help The Black Cats avoid the drop.

Cavanda was born in Angola but moved to Belgium at a young age and played for Standard Liege before moving to Lazio where he stayed as a youth player before making his debut for the Lazio senior side in August 2010.

In 2011 and 2012 Cavanda had loan spells at Torina and Bari respectively, but it was last season when Cavanda stood out for Lazio, showing his versatility and adaptability playing at both left and right back.  Cavanda has also played at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level for Belgium.

Di Canio has been busy so far in the transfer window.  As well as having Diakité on board, the Italian has brought in 25 year old French centre back Valentin Robergé from Maritimo on a three year contract.  Another central defender in the shape of Basle midfielder Adilson Tavares Varela, {more commonly known as Cabral} has also been brought on board.  He also joins on a three year contract.

And there will also be competition for the goalkeeping berth despite Simon Mignolet leaving the north east for Liverpool.  25 year old Italian Vito Mannone has signed from Arsenal on a two year contract, the fee believed to be in the region of £2million.  Mannone will provide stiff competition to Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

With so much movement at the stadium of light it will be of considerable interest if Di Canio has the same eye for players at this level as he did when managing Swindon.  The coming months will surely tell.



Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.