Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji
According to The Sun, Sunderland are ready to make a bid for Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji, with David Moyes hoping to make new signings quickly.
The Black Cats have yet to make a signing this summer, and their plans were thrown into turmoil when manager Sam Allardyce left the club to take the England job last month.
Now, new manager Moyes needs to get to work in the transfer market, and he appears to be targeting a new central defender as one of his first signings.
The Sun report that Moyes has set his sights on Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji, and has made an enquiry about the Senegal international in the hope of striking a deal.
Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji
Mbodji, 26, joined Anderlecht from Genk last summer, and notched three goals in 43 games for the Belgian giants last season, with his performances seemingly attracting admiring glances from Premier League clubs.
Last week, the Daily Mail claimed that Mbodji was a target for Everton, and added that the player has a £6.2m release clause in his deal – but only until August 5th.
Sunderland manager David Moyes poses
Sunderland are now believed to have joined the race, with Moyes allegedly hoping to bring the 6ft 3in defender to the Stadium of Light before this month's transfer deadline.
The Sun's report states that Mbodji could cost up to £8m, which may be what Anderlecht ask for once that alleged release clause expires in a matter of days, meaning Sunderland may push to do a deal by Friday.
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