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Sunderland dealt transfer blow in pursuit of dominant defender

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Sunderland target Nedum Onuoha has revealed that a return to the club this summer is “unlikely”.

In an interview with Sunderland fanzine Roker Report, Onuoha admitted that he would like to experience different things and that a move to Sunderland was not out of the question but unlikely.

The 31-year-old is a free agent this summer after his contract at Queens Park Rangers expired and there has been talk of a return to Sunderland.

The former England under-21 international spent the 2010/11 season on loan at The Stadium of Light from Manchester City.

But he has denied any reports that he has been contacted over a return to Wearside.

He said: “There’s been rumours, but nobody who represents me has been approached, or even mentioned it.”

And when directly questioned about whether he would consider a move back to Sunderland, the 6ft 2in centre-half seemed to rule it out.

He added: “I think the club needs to get back to the top division, and as much as I’d like to help them get there, time isn’t on my side like it once was so I’ll be looking to try and experience something a little different before I decide to call time on things.

“Who knows in football though? Stranger things have happened – but I’d say it’s unlikely.”

The Verdict

It would be a major coup for Sunderland if they could pull this off because Onuoha would add strength, experience and physicality at the back.

He is likely to get Championship offers this summer and the Black Cats should put a deal on the table and try to tempt him back.

But Onuoha needs to think about his own future and perhaps a move elsewhere would be for the best.

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