• Chelsea defender and Manchester City midfielder both wanted
• Sunderland face competition for both players
Kurt Zouma and Jack Rodwell are on Sunderland’s summer shopping list with Lee Congerton, the club’s sporting director, hoping to secure the Chelsea centre-half and the Manchester City midfielder on season-long loans.
The 19-year-old Zouma, who cost Chelsea £12m from Saint-Etienne last season, is regarded as a centre-half of outstanding potential. José Mourinho is understood to be keen to loan him out next season. Zouma would offer Gus Poyet much needed defensive pace along with competition for Wes Brown and John O’Shea. The Sunderland manager faces competition from Monaco for Zouma’s signature.
Everton and West Bromwich Albion are also believed to be keen on Rodwell, who has struggled to make an impact at City after leaving Goodison Park. He would help fill the gap at the Stadium of Light created by Jack Colback’s defection to Newcastle United.