The Italian is said to want a move back to England, with Sunderland an option.
He has just been released by Lazio after asking to have his contract terminated by mutual consent.
The combative midfielder, who can also play at the back, is well known for his tough tackling style of play and was something of a cult favourite among the Sunderland faithful.
Now, he might return.
It is being reported by Tutto Mercato Web that Sunderland are an option for the player on his return to England.
Cana was with The Black Cats for the 2009-10 season and was also named captain of the side – following his move from French outfit Marseille. But he left after one season after the lure of Champions League football with Galatasaray got to him.
Now it seems Dick Advocaat might bring him back to Wearside in the coming weeks.
Sunderland certainly need someone of Cana’s type.
The Albanian’s never-say-die attitude and belligerent expectation of his team-mates would be perfect at the moment after two absolutely woeful displays from Sunderland in the Premier League so far this season.
Sunderland lost 3-1 at home to Norwich City yesterday and 4-2 to Leicester City last weekend – both games they would have hoped to win.