Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haas Has Increasing Hopes of Cats Exit

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haas Has Increasing Hopes of Cats Exit

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Bernt Haas is hoping his goal for Switzerland against Albania on Wednesday will help him seal a permanent move away from Sunderland.

The full-back left the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan deal to FC Basel after a falling-out with Peter Reid last summer and played a key part as the Swiss side which reached the second group stage of the Champions League at the expense of Liverpool.

Basel's coach, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Christian Gross, has made no secret of his desire to sign the 25-year-old permanently, but after failing to qualify for another Champions League campaign, money is tight at St Jakob-Park.

Basel have the first refusal on Haas' signature, but that option runs out at the end of the month and both he and Sunderland are growing increasingly concerned that another buyer may have to be found.

A number of European clubs sent representatives to watch Switzerland's 3-2 Euro 2004 qualifier win over Albania in Geneva and Haas' stock will undoubtedly have risen following an impressive display, capped by his second international goal - a tenth-minute header.

The Journal revealed a fortnight ago that Basel and Sunderland had begun negotiations for a player who cost the Black Cats pounds 750,000 just over two years ago, but a deal has so still not been agreed.

Haas, who has won his place back in the Swiss national side as a result of his recent form, is by far the best paid member of the Basel squad after being handed a lucrative deal by Reid when he signed for Sunderland. But only a month ago a source close to the player admitted: "Basel would like to buy Bernt, but they will only be able to afford him by getting back into the Champions League."

Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy would welcome Haas back to Wearside, but it remains to be seen whether the player would be willing to return, especially with a season of Champions League football under his belt.

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers have ruled themselves out of the race to sign Kevin Phillips. …

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