Southampton and Sunderland transfer target leaving Inter Milan

McDonald Mariga – cousin of Saints star Victor Wanyama – has announced plans to depart Inter Milan with the Premier League one potential destination

At one time the subject of a bid from Manchester City, McDonald Mariga could now be set to make his long-awaited bow in the Premier League.

Prior to his move to current club Inter Milan, Citizens boss Roberto Mancini attempted to bring the midfielder to the Etihad back in 2010, only for the Kenya-born star to be denied a UK work permit.

But with Mariga announcing his intentions to depart the San Siro, a move to the Premier League could be back on, with the 27-year-old now a regular in the Kenya national team – something that will significantly boost his chances of earning the required documentation to move to England.

However, with Manchester City unlikely to be in the market for a midfielder of Mariga’s decription, it’s likely that the player could move elsewhere in the English top-flight.

Two teams previously linked with a move for the marginalised Inter man are Southampton and Sunderland, both of whom were thought to be tracking the African star back in January.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has made no secret of his desire to rebuild and improve the Sunderland squad, following a season in which the Wearsiders managed to become only the second team in Premier League history to survive the drop, having been bottom at Christmas.

But while a move to Sunderland is likely to tempt, any bid from the Saints could well be preferred, with cousin Victor Wanyama already on the books at the south coast club.

Alternatively, Mariga may opted to remain in Spain, with former club Parma likely to be among the list of potential suitors for the midfielder.

For now though, the 27-year-old is keeping his options open, telling "There are a couple of offers on the table but I have not yet made a decision on where I will go. I am still studying them and getting advice as well but I will make a decision soon."

His Premier League dream may just come true yet.

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