Sunderland have made a £2.5 million bid for Anderlecht centre-back Roland Juhasz, according to a report in The Sun.
Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill is hoping to see off interest from Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham United by landing the defender in time for his sides clash against the Hammers next week.
Hungarian international Juhasz has helped Anderlecht to four titles since 2005, after joining from MTK Hungária.
He became a fan favourite during his spell at Anderlecht, but has reportedly fallen out of favour this season, prompting speculation of a move.
The player is set to hold talks with the club’s general manager Herman van Holsbeeck regarding his future with the Belgian side, according to Sky.com.
“Last summer I said I wanted to finish my career at Anderlecht but in football things change very quickly and I’m a good example of that.
“I’ll be back at the club in the coming days. Maybe I’ll train with the junior squad or maybe on my own.
“I’ll talk to Herman but I’m not worried. The most important thing is to stay calm. If I leave, I can say goodbye to the fans. I’ll never forget them.”
Martin O’Neill is in the market for a defender with former Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea currently out injured. His side are 14th in the Premier League, just four points off 18th placed Wigan in the relegation zone.
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This article was first posted on January 5, 2013