Report: Bournemouth eye January deal for out of favour Sunderland player Vito Mannone

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Sunderland’s Vito Mannone has been linked with Bournemouth.

According to a report in the Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb, Bournemouth are plotting a January deal for Sunderland’s out of favour goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The Cherries are looking to bolster their squad in January as they place just outside the relegation zone in 17th position, ahead of Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United on goal difference.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has had to endure a number of injuries to his playing squad this season, though one area which strongly needs looking at regardless of that is their goalkeeping situation.

Artur Boruc is currently the club’s number one, but a number of high-profile errors have prompted plenty of questions and number two Adam Federici has been unable to take advantage.

According to the latest reports in Tuttomercatoweb, Howe is seeking a new number one and Sunderland’s out of favour shot-stopper Vito Mannone has been singled out ahead of January.

The 27-year-old joined the Black Cats from Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and was initially instilled as the club’s number one until Costel Pantilimon arrived on the scene.

Mannone has made just ten league appearances since 2014, with his only appearance of the current campaign coming in the League Cup.

The Italian goalkeeper clearly has talent, winning Sunderland’s official Player of the Year award in the 2013/14 campaign and previously prompting Arsene Wenger to bring him to England, but a change of scene could work to his advantage.

A report in TMW claimed just two days ago that Mannone could return to former club Verona in January, yet it appears Bournemouth are now keen for him to extend his stay in the Premier League.

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