SUNDERLAND are today said to be preparing a £9m double summer swoop on manager Steve Bruce’s old club Wigan.
The former Manchester United player is a long-standing admirer of the Latics’ Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa, and tried to sign him in the January transfer window.
And, according to today’s Daily Mirror, he is also keen to bring goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to the Stadium of Light, to compete with Craig Gordon for the No 1 shirt.
Bruce signed Figueora, 27, from Olimpia for a miserly £250,000 two years ago, and Wigan has warned it will take a bid of around £8m to prise him away.
Bruce is said to fancy his chances at around £6m, however, and could also make a bid for England international Kirkland, who is on big money at the DW Stadium, and could be moved on to reduce the wage bill.