Sunderland have already been very busy in the transfer market this summer, with over a dozen players arriving at the club for the ‘dawn of a new era’ under Paolo Di Canio.
The club however did not look to be improved when they were taken apart by Crystal Palace at the weekend.
It is widely believed that if, as expected, Liverpool snap up Victor Moses from Chelsea on a season long loan deal, that the former Roma forward will be leaving the club this summer.
But it could be a Liverpool flop rather than prospect who signs to solve the defensive issues at The Stadium of Light.
When Liverpool signed Andrea Dossena it certainly did not seem a bad deal. A current member of the Italian national team and a versatile full-back specialising on the left-hand side - he was the perfect replacement for the recently departed John Arne Riise.
But things never truly got off the ground for Dossena during his 18 month stint at the club. He made just 18 Premier League appearances for the team and despite some memorable moments, such as goals against Real Madrid and Manchester United in the space of a week. he never made the grade ahead of competition from Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua.
So he was flogged to Napoli in January of 2010 with the hope he could resurrect his career back in his homeland.
Until recently that seemed to be the case. In the 2011-12 season for example he featured in 41 of Napoli’s games in a successful season but last campaign he slipped down the pecking order and only featured in seven Serie A fixtures. Therefore he was loaned out to Palermo until the end of the season with the view to a permanent arrangement being made at the end of the campaign.
However Palermo found themselves relegated as they failed to recover from an awful start to the season.
And the Sicilian club were therefore not interested in keeping the player.
Rafa Benitez once again does not see Dossena as part of his first-team plans, but this time in Naples.
He recently failed a medical at Torino, after a lesion was found in his thigh - but Sky Sport Italia believe Sunderland could overlook that to bring him in on loan.
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