Report: Sunderland renew interest in signing Arthur Masuaku

Olympiacos' Arthur Masuaku and Anderlecht's Dennis Praet in action

Sunderland have again been linked with Arthur Masuaku.

Olympiacos' Arthur Masuaku and Anderlecht's Dennis Praet in action

According to the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland have renewed their interest in signing Olympiacos left-back Arthur Masuaku as manager Sam Allardyce looks to bolster the full-back positions.

The report claims that Allardyce has prioritised the full-back positions as an area to strengthen this summer, and French left-back Masuaku is a player they have again turned their attentions to.

Following DeAndre Yedlin’s return to parent club Tottenham Hotspur following a successful loan spell at the Stadium of the Light, Allardyce’s side are extremely short at the back.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The club have no real recognised right-back, while question marks remain over Billy Jones and Patrick Van Aanholt due to their inconsistent performances at times last season.

Masuaku started his career at RC Lens as a youth player, before moving to Valenciennes and later joining Greek champions Olympiacos on a three-year deal in the summer of 2014.

His performances in Greece have been impressive, and it seems only a matter of time before the former France under-19 international leaves Piraeus for one of Europe’s big three leagues.

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The 22-year-old has made over 70 appearances for the Greek club in all competitions over the past two seasons, helping his side win back-to-back league titles plus a domestic cup triumph.

Sunderland may not be too desperate for a natural left-back, yet Masuaku could perhaps switch sides and feature at right-back or the Wearside club could be looking to just freshen things up.

The Black Cats’ reported renewed interest could be as a result of their failed attempt to sign Davide Santon, with the report adding that the former Newcastle United man could not agree personal terms.

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