Sunderland plotting smart move for useful 12-cap international

Sunderland are keen on Schalke’s versatile defender Dennis Aogo, according to reports from Bild.

The Black Cats have endured a turbulent summer, with Sam Allardyce’s exit to replace Roy Hodgson as England boss and the club’s subsequent move to draft David Moyes in having somewhat disrupted transfer business at the Stadium of Light.

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Indeed, the North East club have only snapped up Papy Djilobodji, Donald Love and Paddy McNair so far.

However, reports claim that Sunderland are ready to continue their recruitment drive with a move for Aogo.

The 29-year-old, also a defender, is able to play at left-back, left wing-back or in defensive midfield, and this versatility is likely to appeal to Moyes as he plots to keep the Wearside club clear of relegation.

Aogo has been capped 12 times by Germany at international level and is a squad player at Schalke.

Sunderland are not alone in their pursuit of the utility man, with Villarreal also keen.

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