Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Cool Their Interest in Demel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Cool Their Interest in Demel

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

SUNDERLAND will not resurrect their interest in former target Guy Demel because they remain confident of landing their top two defensive targets.

As revealed in yesterday's Journal, Darron Gibson, John O'Shea and Wes Brown have all declared themselves satisfied with the terms on offer at the Stadium of Light.

Landing either of the latter pair would leave the Black Cats with no need for Demel.

Manager Steve Bruce looked carefully at the right-back in January 2010, but was unable to complete a deal.

Instead he signed Argentinian Marcos Angeleri last summer, a transfer which spectacularly failed to live up to expectations.

Hamburg have revealed Demel is for sale this summer, with a move to the Premier League expected to be rubber-stamped this week.

However, circumstances have changed to make him a less attractive option, even with the German club anxious to offload a player about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.

The former Arsenal junior (he never played for the Gunners' first team) turned 30 last week and his nationality is also an issue.

As an Ivory Coast international, he is likely to miss a large chunk of the New Year playing in the African Cup of Nations.

Bruce, who sent Ghanaians John Mensah and Sulley Muntari back to their parent clubs after underwhelming loans, has gone on record to say he is reluctant to add to his contingent of Africanbased players which currently numbers one - striker Asamoah Gyan. Brown was thought to favour a move to the North West, with Everton and Bolton Wanderers among his suitors, but Bruce remains confident he can lure the retired England international from his former club Manchester United. Although a centre-back by preference, the 31-year-old Mancunian has played most of his football at right-back. …

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