Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Boosted in Krasic Chase; Cats Target Krasic Could Be on the Move

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Boosted in Krasic Chase; Cats Target Krasic Could Be on the Move

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THE agent of much-travelled winger Milo Krasic has offered Sunderland encouragement he could soon be on the market once more, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Serbian is playing for Turkish club Fenerbahce but has been linked to the Black Cats.

His agent Dejan Joksimovic has suggested his client would be interested in moving to England, but warned the 28-year-old will not come cheap.

Krasic (pictured left), joined Fenerbahce from Juventus for just under PS7m last summer, less than half what "The Old Lady" paid CSKA Moscow for him in 2010.

However, opportunities have been scarce in Istanbul, where he has scored once in 27 league appearances.

Joksimovic said: "Milo needs to play, he's not getting that chance at Fenerbahce.

"Krasic has had offers from the Premier League and we will be considering a move.

"Milo and his wife are happy in Istanbul however, he also needs to be happy at work. He's on high wages at Fenerbahce and still has three years on his contract.

"He is a great player and just 28 years-old - there are only three to four players at his level in his preferred position."

The blond-haired Krasic has 46 caps for Serbia, scoring three times, and is a touchline-hugging rightwinger. Sunderland looked well blessed for wide players at the start of last season, but James McClean struggled badly to recreate the form of an exciting debut campaign., while Sebastian Larsson was primarily used as in central midfield. Adam Johnson was another unable to match expectations after his PS10m August move from Manchester City, although he seems to have responded well to Paolo Di Canio's hardline approach despite falling out with Roberto Mancini at his previous club when his off-field discipline was questioned.

Di Canio is planning a major overhaul of Sunderland's squad, expressing a desire to bring in "half-adozen, maybe more" players. Nineteen-year-old striker Duncan Watmore has signed from non-league Altrincham but is regarded as a development rather than a first-team player. …

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