French international rejected Sunderland this summer - report

Steve Mandanda

Sunderland failed in their attempts to bring French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to the club, according to a report.

According to reports in France, Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda rejected an offer from Sunderland this summer.

The goalkeeper had been on the Black Cats' wishlist during the previous transfer window, but no deal materialised to bring him to the Stadium of Light.

This was largely because of Mandanda's reluctance to leave Ligue 1 and it meant that the club opted to bring in Costel Pantilimon from Manchester City instead.

Mandanda's future at Marseille is still not entirely sorted and he has been linked with a move away from the Stade Veledrome in January, but it seems he is intent to stay.

The 29-year-old is a fine shot-stopper and would undoubtedly have added quality at the Wearside club if he was to have started, but it is questionable whether he would have been a regular starter.

Pantilimon has seen his route to the first-team blocked by the form of Vito Mannone and Mandanda may have had a similar backseat role if he was to join.

Mannone won the side's player of the season award last season and has established himself as one of the club's key players. 

The Italian is a reliable figure between the sticks and rarely makes an error, meaning he has become a fans' favourite. 

He will be looking to continue playing a pivotal role in Sunderland's fortunes this season, too, as Poyet looks to life the side into a respectable position in the Premier League.

The Uruguayan saw the team embroiled in a relegation fight last time around and they will be determined to avoid the drama in May this campaign. 

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