Sunderland challenge Newcastle for Cuellar

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is eyeing Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar.

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The Northern Echo says the Sunderland boss personally checked out Cuellar towards the end of last season and is now preparing to make a move for the £8m-rated centre-back.

But Keane faces competition for the former Osasuna man, with Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan known to regard the 26-year-old highly.

Cuellar has been in discussions with Rangers over signing a new contract and those close to him have insisted that he is willing to commit his long-term future to Ibrox.

But there remains a feeling in Glasgow that if the club's valuation is met during the course of the summer the Gers would seriously consider selling.

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