English Premiership club, Sunderland FC want to demonstrate their readiness for a big challenge in the coming season by making an audacious bid for Super Eagles winger,Ahmed Musa.
According to a report monitored in England, Coach Paolo Di Canio has been monitoring CSKA Moscow’s versatile forward and is preparing to make a mega money offer for the 20-year-old.
The player, who is comfortable playing in the midfield or up front, scored 11 goals in 28 league games last season to be among the top scorers in the Russian league.
Di Canio believes the player can be an effective replacement for Benin Republic forward, Stephane Sessegnon who is set to depart the Stadium of Light.
According to the report, Sunderland scouts were sent to Russia two months ago and prepared a dossier on the former Kano Pillars forward. The scouts were sufficiently impressed with what they saw of the former VVV Venlo player, and identified the player as a possible signing for the summer.
The Black Cats have a somewhat limited budget to spend on new players, but with the expected departure of Simon Mignolet and Sessegnon, there will be money in the transfer kitty. Di Canio will need to spend at the very least 9 million Euros to persuade CSKA to sell one of their best young players.
Musa was part of the Nigerian side that won the African Nations Cup and also starred in the Confederations Cup. According to the reports the coach’s resolve was further strengthened by the performance of the Nigerian player at the competition.
They were also encouraged by the fact that there would not be any problem securing a work permit in England for the player as he has already chalked in more than 70 percent games for Nigeria.