Fulham to rival Sunderland for Raul Meireles?

The former Chelsea player is attracting interest from both Sunderland and Fulham this summer, what could he bring to either side?

After an eventful debut season at Fenerbahce, Raul Meireles could be on his way back to the Premier League, with both Sunderland and Fulham considering a move for the 30-year-old.

The midfielder made 16 league appearances for the Turkish side following his £8million move from Chelsea, but his season was more notable for the games he missed than those he played.

Meireles was banned for 11 matches, later reduced to four, early in the year for alledgedly making gestures towards a referee, before picking up another four game ban later in the season for allegedly making another offensive gesture, this time towards a Galatasaray player.

However the Portuguese is still a good player, and with Premier League experience at both Liverpool and Chelsea under his belt, he could be a canny addition for either Sunderland or Fulham this summer.

Sunderland have been very active in the transfer window already, with Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini the latest player to join Paolo Di Canio’s side. Jozy Altidore and Modibo Diakite are perhaps the other stand out pieces of business, with Di Canio keen to overhaul his squad and stay well clear of the relegation zone next season.

Fulham too have made some impressive early moves, with Maarten Stekelenburg and Fernando Amorebieta the picks of their incomings. Martin Jol is keen to add some a central midfielder, and along with Meireles, Tom Huddlestone has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.

Sunderland are also reportedly considering the Spurs midfielder, and it could be the case that whoever signs Meireles will duck out of the race for Huddlestone.

Assuming Meireles does not exhibit the kind of behaviour that earned him his suspensions in Turkey he would be a fine signing for either Premier League side this summer. The midfielder has a wealth of experience playing at the highest level, and is adaptable enough to fit in any formation Jol or Di Canio is planning to use.

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