Report: Sunderland and QPR approach Marseille for Steve Mandanda

Steve Mandanda

The French international goalkeeper has been targeted by the Premier League sides.

29-year-old Mandanda has played for L’OM since 2007, having started his career with Le Havre, but a report in L’Equipe suggests he could be on his way to England soon.

A full French international, Mandana has played 373 times for Marseille in that time, keeping an impressive clean sheet total of 120 games. He has made 22 appearances this term, as the Ligue 1 giants fight for the league championship.

However, he could not be turning out in his adopted homeland for much longer, with a L’Equipe report - published by Sport Witness - indicating that Sunderland and QPR have made advances over securing Mandanda’s signature this month. The story claims that a number of other Premier League sides are interested - without naming them - but it is only Sunderland and QPR who have approached Marseille concerning the transfer, although they were immediately rebuffed.

With Mandanda’s contract expiring in the summer of 2016, Marseille may start to fear that their captain will not extend his current deal, and could be set to lose him at the end of next season for free. The report suggests that he is keen on a move to England, and both clubs could look to benefit in the coming months if Marseille look to sell him for a profit before the close of the transfer window.

What does this mean for Sunderland and QPR?

For the Black Cats, Costel Pantilimon has seemingly secured the starting goalkeeper’s position, and has impressed since taking over from Vito Mannone - keeping five clean sheets. The Romanian international represents a longer-term first-choice that Mandanda, and so a transfer to the Stadium of Light seems unlikely.

At 35-years-old, Robert Green is QPR’s first-choice, and he looks to be heading towards the end of his career. Signing Mandanda would guarantee the R’s a top class goalkeeper for another few years, and they should really be looking to make an investment on the French stopper.

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