Matt Besler, one of the most impressive players for team USA at this summer's World Cup, is attracting interest from Sunderland AFC with the English Premier League side actively considering pursuing the player.
According to The Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats are amongst a host of teams to register an interest in the £3 million rated Sporting Kansas City defender with the likes of Fulham, and an unnamed Bundesliga side rumored to be vying for the 27-year-old's signature.
Impressing at the World Cup
Besler played in every minute of the United States' journey to the second-round in Brazil, clocking up 346 minutes and coming up against some of the best attacking talent world soccer has to offer in the process - with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Gotze unable to find the net when up against the MLS veteran.
Besler's performances out in Brazil were the first time many outside of the US had been exposed to his talents, with the Kansas native having spent the entirety of his career to date in Major League Soccer.
Signing for his home town team, Sporting Kansas City, in 2009 Besler has racked up 135 appearances and has developed into one of the most reliable defenders in the league since then.
He was named MLS' Defender of the Year in 2012, as well as being named to the league's All-Star game on two occasions (2011,2013). Besler's success has not all been personal however, with the central defender having helped Sporting KC to the MLS Cup in 2013.
Man In Demand
Sunderland will face stiff competition if they pursue a move for Matt Besler, but the player himself has spoken recently of his openness to a move, with the attraction of Europe hard to deny:
"I feel the need to at least look into potential opportunities and make a decision from there," Besler explained recently.
The MLS franchise remain hopeful of keeping hold of one of their big name players, but with a bid in the region of £3 million thought to be enough to pry him away from the US it would surely be a sound bit of business for a Sunderland team that struggled defensively last season.
Only three teams condeded more than the North East club during the 2013/14 campaign and manager Gus Poyet is clearly looking to address that issue before the English Premier League begins again in August.
The addition of Besler, a player at the peak of his powers right now after a break out summer, would be a step in the right direction for sure.