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Sunderland are believed to be readying a bid to sign Paraguay and Borussia Dortmund striker Nelson Haedo Valdez.

The 26-year-old put in an impressive performance as his national team held champions Italy to a draw in the recent 2010 World Cup encounter between the two sides.

The performance is believed to have piqued the interest of manager Steve Bruce, as The Mirror reports that the Wearside club have contacted their Bundesliga counterparts with regard to the potential sale of the forward.

It is said that the German outfit are hoping to rake in £8 million from the transfer of the former Werder Bremen hitman, but the Black Cats are reportedly hoping to get the player for a lower price.

The player's agent, Barry McIntosh, is quoted as saying: "Valdez would be great in the Premier League and there is lots of interest."

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