Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio wants to sign an English midfield general.
Di Canio told the Shields Gazette: "The club is working on the two full-backs, but more important to me is the need to get a key player in central midfield - someone who's English.
"He needs to be English, with a physical presence because we have analysed that is a need we have.
"English, because he needs to know English football inside out. And also a player with very good quality - because we want to play attractive football which gets results."
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