Sunderland boss Roy Keane is ready to bid for Celtic defender Bobo Balde.

The News of the World says the 6ft 5in centre-back has always fancied the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

Keane knows he needs to buy quality defenders in the transfer window to guide his team out of the relegation zone.

He originally wanted to sign his former Manchester United team-mate Wes Brown but knows he may have to wait until the summer.

Balde is available now and, despite his impressive display on his Bhoys return, Gordon Strachan would listen to offers.