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.
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.
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.