Sunderland target Bessa set for Olhanense

The Black Cats had registered interest in Inter's attacking midfielder, but he has now agreed on a season-long loan move to Portugal after being told he has a future at San Siro
By Greg Stobart

Sunderland target Daniel Bessa is set to join Portuguese side Olhanense from Inter on a season-long loan.

Paulo Di Canio, the Sunderland manager, his a huge fan of the Brazilian attacking midfielder but was unable to guarantee the 20-year-old a starting spot.

Sunderland’s director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angeloni have held a series of talks with Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio over a loan deal for Bessa, as well as midfielder Alfred Duncan and central defender Ibrahim Mbaye.

But Bessa, who played for Vicenza on loan last season, has now agreed to join Olhanense next term but has been told he has a long-term future at Inter.

Di Canio, meanwhile, who steered Sunderland to Premier League safety last season following the sacking of Martin O'Neill, has already brought in seven new players this summer including former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone and USA international Jozy Altidore.

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