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Which of the players linked with Sunderland this summer that have previously been managed by David Moyes should we be looking at?

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Shane Duffy

Original Source: The Sun

"Shane whee?"

Having come through the youth system under David Moyes at Goodison Park, Shane Duffy could very well be a possible piece of  business for Sunderland.

Duffy - a Republic of Ireland international - barely played at Everton. He had to leave Merseyside in order to play regular football and, at the heart of Blackburn Rovers' defence, Duffy has suitably impressed. He was involved in Ireland's Euro 2016 squad and it's thought he's been looked at by numerous low to mid table Premier League clubs.

Despite Sunderland being in the market for another central defender, I don't think Duffy is the man to fill the void. Though he's likely to leave Blackburn, Sunderland probably should be looking at a better quality of player, preferably one that has experience of playing in a top league.


Adnan Januzaj

Original Source: The Daily Mail

Adnan Januzaj is a strange one - despite being seen for many years as a player with the ability to succeed at the very highest level, his career has more than hit the brakes, unable to replicate the success he felt under David Moyes at Manchester United a couple of years back.

We all remember him scoring a brace on his full Manchester United debut at the Stadium of Light. His first season for the Red Devils was suitably impressive.

Under Louis van Gaal he only completed five games in total last year and, after a disappointing spell on loan at Borussia Dortmund, he returned back to Manchester with his tail between his legs.

That said, Januzaj is very much a player who is admired by Moyes, and you would imagine that he’s looking to spark some fire into a career that has stagnated somewhat. Sunderland need a winger, and Adnan needs a move.


Leon Osman

Original Source: The Daily Mail

Everton stalwart Osman is available on a free having left the club at the end of his contract this summer.

Osman was a vital cog in Moyes' Everton machine throughout his time there, and gaining two England caps late in his career was commendable for a player who has proven himself to be steady and consistent over many years.

That said, Osman is thirty-four now and he struggled for game time last season in an Everton side that under-performed. One place we don't lack is in the defensive midfield positions. Though Osman probably still has got a lot to offer a play-off chasing Championship side, I can't really see David Moyes' giving his old mate another shot at top flight football.


Marouane Fellaini

Original Source: Clubcall

Marouane Fellaini is probably the most predictable link we've seen since David Moyes' arrival at Sunderland, especially considering that the two have worked together at more than one club and have enjoyed relative success.

Largely due to the massive fee that Manchester United paid to take him from Everton, Fellaini is seen as a laughing stock by the English media. That said, he is a very good footballer and a player that would immediately improve a side like ours.

An attacking midfielder who is not afraid to ruffle feathers, Fellaini fits the mold of what we've been missing for a while - he gives a presence on set pieces and is more than capable in front of goal.

The likely arrival at Old Trafford of Paul Pogba will see players like Marouane pushed down the pecking order, and although better clubs than ours will be after him there is the hope that the Belgium international might be tempted to join up once again with the manager credited with getting the best out of him.


Kevin Mirallas

Original Source: The People

Mirallas, like his fellow Belgian Adnan Januzaj, has fallen off the radar in the last year or so and a move away from Goodison Park this summer is likely.

Though Mirallas is a player who is visually exciting, he is also seen as often wasteful when in possession. He's capable of playing both on the left and right, has real pace and a trick up his sleeve. Like most flair players, however, you cannot trust Mirallas to work as hard off the ball as he does on it.

On the surface of it, he's a massive yes, but his questionable attitude and final ball make him a difficult choice. If the price is right, of course, then he'd be an asset to any squad - whether or not we need another Jeremain Lens in the current Sunderland side is an entirely different debate.

SHOULD WE SIGN HIM? Maybe - depends on the fee and wages!

Will Keane

Original Source: The Sun

Despite spending a number of years at Manchester United, mainly in their youth system, Will Keane has barely featured as a first-teamer at Old Trafford, and with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic it's pretty much expected that the England U21s international will leave this summer in a bid to find regular first team football.

Manchester United opted to recall Keane from a loan spell in January with the view to giving him more game time and, well... they didn't. Over the course of four loan spells away from the club he has scored just four goals, and you have to wonder why the fee mooted around to buy him is £6.5m, especially considering that his achievements in football thus far amount to very little.

Although Danny Welbeck joined us on loan with a similar record, Keane is 23 years old, not 19, and isn't showing a great deal of improvement, certainly not enough to challenge a seasoned goal scorer like Defoe.


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