Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce's Double French Fancy; Cats Boss Cana Wait Any Longer for Catts

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce's Double French Fancy; Cats Boss Cana Wait Any Longer for Catts

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

STEVE BRUCE is set to channel his efforts towards France after missing out on two of the top names on his summer hit list.

The Sunderland boss made Peter Crouch and Lee Cattermole high priorities after taking over at the Stadium of Light.

But Bruce has had to accept defeat on Crouch, and may soon have to do the same with Cattermole. So he has lined up the French-based pair of Marouane Chamakh and Lorik Cana as possible alternatives.

The good news for Sunderland fans is master talent-spotter Arsene Wenger has tracked both players.

And the even better news is he seems unlikely to follow up his interest with bids.

Cana is a powerful midfielder with a stack of passports and plenty of top-level experience.

The son of former international Agim Cana was born in Yugoslavia 25 years ago, but left as a child to escape the war.

He learned his football in Switzerland, but "followed his heart" and used his Albanian citizenship to become an international at the age of 19. He also has French citizenship after moving there to join Paris SaintGermain in 2000.

Visa problems stopped him going for trials at Arsenal before breaking into PSG's first team and he joined Marseille in 2005, becoming an instant hero by scoring against PSG on his debut.

Significantly, he has captained the Mediterranean club since Habib Beye joined Newcastle United two years ago.

Leadership is something Bruce is looking for in his signings. New boy Paulo Da Silva captained previous club Deportivo Toluca in Mexico.

Six-footer Cana played 12 games as a centre-back for Marseille two seasons ago, but would be a midfield replacement for current skipper Dean Whitehead, set to join Stoke City despite Ipswich Town's interest.

Cattermole was Bruce's first choice, but he admitted recently: "There comes a time when you have to accept you're not going to get a certain player and at that point you move on. …

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