The Black Cats are believed to be among a number of clubs interested in the Dutchman.
Sunderland’s pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been handed a boost after the 22-year old announced, in quotes carried by the Daily Star, that he is unsure about where he will be come the end of the transfer window.
The Shields Gazette reported on Sunderland’s interest in the central midfielder last week and claimed the club were favourites for his signature, while his latest comments suggest a Stamford Bridge exit is imminent.
"Of course it’s strange that I do not know where I will play (at the end of) next month," van Ginkel is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"But that’s part of football. Nothing is certain at this time."
The Chelsea man spent last season on loan at AC Milan, featuring 17 times, but another stint at the San Siro isn’t currently on the cards.
The calibre of midfield players ahead of him at Chelsea means he’s unlikely to break into the first team any time soon and the club are reportedly willing to send him out on loan again next season.
A move to suit all parties
Dick Advocaat’s bid to strengthen his Sunderland squad this summer is well underway, with Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews joining and fellow defender Nicolas Lombaerts close to a switch, as per the Shields Gazette.
Further up the pitch has seen less action but a move for Jeremie Lens is progressing well, according to the Chronicle Live, and the addition of van Ginkel would give much needed creativity to the centre of the Sunderland midfield.
His passing game is superb and could act as a midfield metronome alongside the combative Lee Cattermole. A move to the North East would also give the Dutchman an extended run of Premier League games, which are vital if he is ever to force himself into Jose Mourinho’s plans.