Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is 'calm' over reports that Manchester United are interested in securing his signature, says Gus Poyet. However, the Black Cats manager admits he is hopeful of recruiting another goalkeeper before the close of the transfer window.
Reports in Italy on Wednesday claimed the Premier League champions are keen on the acquisition of Mannone, with the club supposed to have already been in touch with Sunderland regarding the 25-year-old.
Manchester United are reported to be in the market for another shot-stopper as Anders Lindergaard considers his future at Old Trafford, with Borussia Monchengladbach linked with a move for the Denmark international.
It is hardly the type of signing Manchester United fans were hoping before during the January transfer period, and would seem a relatively surprising one given that Mannone only moved to the Stadium of Light from Arsenal in the summer.
However, Poyet claims the interest in the former Gunners gloveman is not serving as a distraction, while the ex-Brighton boss adds he is 'looking' at reinforcing his goalkeeping options.
"I think Vito is calm about everything," Poyet told the Sunderland Echo.
"It was a very different situation for me with Vito and Westy (to give Mannone his first Premier League start) probably one of the hardest decisions I made before Manchester City.
"Unfortunately, Westy has had an operation now and is out for another three months. But I’m calm over Vito. There are players that you can talk openly to and Vito is one of those.
"It’s a position that we are looking at.
"We’re working on a few positions and I can say openly, that we’re looking at goalkeepers, although that doesn’t mean someone will come.
"I don’t want to say I’m going to bring in this, this and this, because then you don’t have the quality. But if there’s a player who I know can come in and help us quickly, then I will do."
Mannone joined Arsenal in 2006 but only made 23 first-team appearances for the club. The 23-year-old spent loan spells with Barnsley and Hull before eventually joining Sunderland on a permanent deal.