Sunderland are reportedly eyeing a move for Roma defender Marco Motta as they search for a new right-back.
Manchester City have expressed an interest in Motta as they look to bolster their defence, but Sunderland are ready to rival their Premier League rivals.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has made a new right-back one of his top priorities, but he has been frustrated in his attempts to land his targets with a deal for Guy Demel falling through.
City were thought to be favourites to land Motta, but the move has stalled, opening the path for Sunderland to enter the race for the former Italy Under 21 international.
Roma are thought to be willing to let Motta leave on loan as he is down the pecking order at the Stadio Olimpico and Motta is keen on a move away in search of regular first-team football.