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SAFC TransferWipe: A Creative Midfielder & A Striker Linked? Yes Please

In today's TransferWipe; how do you fancy a couple of Romanians - a striker and a creative midfielder? Don't mind if we do.

France v Romania - Group A: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The Striker

Already reported in the Sunderland Echo and the Newcastle Chronicle, David Moyes is said to be interested in signing Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone.

The original source of the link is Italian gossip-monster Calciomercato. The Romanian international has scored four goals in his last five games in La Liga, and has been nominated for November Player of the Month in recognition of his exploits.

Romania v Albania - Group A: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

The 23-year-old was born in Romania but grew up in Spain's Valencia region. He is a product of the local club, Vinaros CF's, youth system and has played for Villareal and Cordoba.

Andone featured for the Romanians at Euro 2016 and made two substitute appearances.

Fans of Spanish football can check him out at the weekend as Deportivo take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tomorrow. A fee mooted of €8m would likely bring him in 'on budget' for David Moyes' this January.

The Creative Midfielder

Another Romanian, Nicuşor Stanciu, has also been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light this week by the Belgian press. The 23-year-old can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger and following a slow start to the season he is now in good form in the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht.

RSC Anderlecht v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - UEFA Europa League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

You may have spotted Stanciu at Euro 2016 too; he was the player who won a penalty against hosts France in the game Romania eventually lost 2-1. He also featured in the single-goal defeat his country suffered against Albania which confirmed their elimination from the group stage.

Stanciu was also linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer before moving from Steaua București to Anderlecht and becoming the most expensive signing in Belgian history at a fee, including add-ons, of €9.8m.

Predominantly right-footed, Stanciu can play on both sides or centrally and he has most recently featured in a number 10 role just behind the striker - a position Sunderland have never got to grips with in recent years as an option.

A figure of £10m has been suggested as that required to tempt him to England. Anderlecht would wish to get their cash back, and there is a hint that things haven't gone as smoothly as they would like in their record signing's start to life in Belgium. Such a price would obviously chuck a dent in David Moyes' winter budget.

Stanciu is not the only Anderlecht midfielder linked with Sunderland. His opposite flank teammate, Frank Acheampong, has allegedly been on the Moyes-radar for some time.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Acheampong is a left-footer and so would bridge a void in a Sunderland side lacking a left footed attacking midfielder. The Ghanian international has played sixteen games in the Pro League this season.

What price a double-raid on Anderlecht for two attacking midfielders? Well - £15m for the pair would probably do it.

Don't mind if we do.

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