Jack Ross clearly needs a new left-back before September 2 after Bryan Oviedo left Sunderland to join FC Copenhagen, and it has seen the Black Cats linked with a Scottish defender – but is a Leeds outcast the perfect replacement?
The Daily Record claims Sunderland are looking to beat Scottish champions Celtic to the signing of Kilmarnock leftie Greg Taylor, who has been the subject of plenty of interest this summer. His asking price is said to be £3million.
That fee is almost certainly to excessive for a League One side in Sunderland, who have just seen one of their League rivals Bury expelled from the division due to a lack of funds. A cheaper alternative is required.
Leeds United outcast Vurnon Anita would surely be perfect. The 30-year-old is in the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road, and remains an outcast desperately in search of a new club – as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Not only do Sunderland need a left-back, but they could also do with cover in holding midfield after Lee Cattermole left to join Dutch side VVV-Venlo. Anita’s versatility would make him the perfect addition, giving Ross cover for Cattermole, too.
Able to play on either side of the defence or in central midfield, holding midfielder Anita has plenty of pedigree in the game – clocking up 152 appearances for Ajax and boasting three Netherlands caps.
The only worry is that Anita has played for Newcastle United before – one of Sunderland’s biggest rivals – where he turned out 155 times, including the season in which Newcastle gained promotion back to the Premier League from the Championship.
With the deadline looming, Sunderland need a quick fix to give themselves cover at left-back and in central midfield. Anita is versatile, cheap and desperate for a new team – so much so that the ex-Newcastle star would surely consider Sunderland.