Zokora keen on Black Cats
But Spurs' £10million price tag a stumbling block
Last Updated: June 23, 2009 5:01pm
Zokora: In demand
Didier Zokora would welcome a move to Sunderland, but the deal could be scuppered by Tottenham's £10million asking price, according to the player's agent.
The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer with Spain or France thought to be his most likely destination.
However, the Wearsiders have emerged as new candidates and his agent Rachel Anderson insists the Ivory Coast international would prefer to remain in England.
"Didier would definitely prefer to stay in the Premier League. He would do very well at Sunderland, they're an absolutely massive club," Anderson told the Sunderland Echo.
"There are not many clubs Didier would leave Tottenham for but I think Sunderland are one.
"If the terms of the deal are decent, but also if the move is an adventure, then he would be interested.
"I think he would bring a different dimension to Sunderland.
"Whether they are prepared to pay the fee Tottenham are asking, which I've been told is 'double figure millions', remains to be seen. They paid £8million for him, he has improved so they want more.
"He has three or four English clubs interested, and a couple of Spanish clubs, one of which is very keen but may be struggling to match his fee, and another which can afford it."
Among the other clubs thought to be interested in Zokora are Spanish duo Sevilla and Atletico Madrid but both have distanced themselves since Spurs slapped their latest price tag on him.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are reported to have been handed the chance to sign Czech Republic international Radoslav Kovac from Spartak Moscow.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season on-loan at West Ham but the Hammers have opted not to sign the 29-year-old for the reported £4million asking price.
Kovac is now being touted around Europe and despite interest from German side Hanover, Kovac hopes for a return to the Premier League.
"In principle, I wouldn't object to going to Hanover, but I would prefer to stay in England where there is also interest from another Premier League club," he said.
"I'm on holiday in Prague and my contract with Spartak requires me to return to Moscow at the end of June but perhaps by that time my future will be more certain."