Sunderland set to move for Manchester United defender

Manchester United's Alexander ButtnerSunderland are set make a move for Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner, according to reports from The Express.

With the Red Devils believed to be closing in on Everton’s Leighton Baines, Paolo Di Canio is keen to take advantage of the situation.

The Italian is desperate to land a new left-back, and has made Buttner his top target.

Juventus star Paolo De Ceglie was thought to be on the Black Cats’ radar, but a move failed to materialise.

Di Canio is hopeful that he can tempt United boss David Moyes to let Buttner leave on loan, with first-team football for the Dutchman likely to be scarce at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has spent his entire career with the Premier League champions as back-up to Patrice Evra, with the experienced Frenchman having developed into a fans’ favourite.

Buttner is said to be keen to secure regular action, and could use a temporary move to the Stadium of Light to display his skills to Moyes.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are set to offload Stephane Sessegnon.

The Benin midfielder was charged for drink-driving last week, and is believed to be surplus to requirements under Di Canio.

Qatari giants El Jaish are keen on his signature.

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