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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