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Report: Sunderland Scouting Portuguese Midfielder?

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Sunderland have sent scouts to Portugal to check on Braga's attacking midfielder Rafa Silva.

Rafa in action for Braga
Rafa in action for Braga

The transfer window may have closed on Friday but that hasn't stopped Sunderland looking at potential summer arrivals.

According to reports in Portugal, Sunderland had scouts present in Lisbon as home side Belenenses defeated SC Braga 2-1, with Braga's young attacking midfielder Rafael 'Rafa' Ferreira Silva a likely target. 20-year-old Rafa only joined Braga in the summer for Feirense but such has been his impact for his new side that he is seen as an outside bet to make the Portuguese squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Rafa only started his senior career with Feirense last season but scored 11 goals in all competitions, which earned him the move to Braga where he signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee. So far this season he has one goal in 15 league games and is a current Portuguese under-21 international.

The player played well in the game, despite being on the losing side, but the game was most notable for Braga's Alan scoring an outrageous goal from just outside the centre circle;

Amongst the other interested clubs watching were Benfica, Sporting, Reims, Rennes, Celtic, Southampton, Elche, Seville, Lens, Villarreal and Cologne.