Paolo Di Canio has firmly outlined his desire to bring in an English central midfielder before the end of the current transfer window.

There have already been eight new arrivals at the Stadium of Light this summer, as the Italian manager prepares for his first full season with the top-flight club.

But, whilst speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Di Canio highlighted the positions that he is still trying to fill. 

“The club is working on the two full-backs, but more important to me is the need to get a key player in central midfield – someone who’s English,” he told the local newspaper.

Sunderland do currently have a player who matches that description - Lee Cattermole - but he has been informed that he is free to leave the north-east outfit this summer.

The combative midfielder evidently isn't of the quality that the manager is after, as he strives to carry the Black Cats up the Premier League.

Di Canio added: “He needs to be English, with a physical presence, because we have analysed that that is a need we have.

“English, because he needs to know English football inside out. And also a player with very good quality – because we want to play attractive football which gets good results.”

Various players are out there that fit that description. However, the Echo are touting Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone as a target who would fit that mould perfectly.


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