SUNDERLAND IN GOOR TALKS

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SUNDERLAND are heading a queue of clubs interested in buying the man who scored the first goal in Euro 2000 - Belgium winger Bart Goor.

The Anderlecht star has also been watched by Deportivo La Coruna and Ajax, but he has already admitted that a move to The Premiership would appeal to him, after previous speculation had suggested that Newcastle were interested in bringing him to Tyneside.

It is being claimed that talks are at an advanced stage with Sunderland, and that the Brussels-based club are close to agreeing a £3 million transfer that will take Goor to the North East of England.

Peter Reid has Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane within his squad, who is at home on the left-hand side of midfield, but he is known to be looking to increase his strength in depth, and he has already considered two other Belgian internationals, in Joos Valgaeren and Gert Verheyen.

"I am under contract, but I will study attentively all of the proposals which will reach me,"  Goor admitted, before the tournament started. "I do not say that I want to play in Manchester, but I will only leave for a team which is towards the top of their league."