Sunderland are keeping a close eye on Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena and could make a move this summer, according to sources in Italy.
The Black Cats already have Italians Emanuele Giaccherini and Vito Mannone in their ranks and have good scouting links in the peninsula.
According to Italian press reports, Sunderland have asked Cagliari about the availability of Dessena, looking to take advantage of a summer of turbulence in Sardinia.
Cagliari are in the process of changing owners from Massimo Cellino, who bought Leeds United, to an American group and a number of players may leave.
It had been suggested that Dessena may be on his way to Leeds this summer, but nothing has happened yet.
Dessena was an Italian Under-21 international and much was expected of him for the future but he was somewhat eclipsed by Juventus star Claudio Marchisio.
Now 27, Dessena was a regular for Cagliari last season and made 34 appearances without finding the net.
He was the victim of an unsavoury incident last season when he supported an anti-homophobia campaign by wearing rainbow laces but was met with abuse by some supporters.