Sunderland chasing Lazio pair Diakite, Zarate

Sunderland are pushing to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.

Sunderland are pushing to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.

The Daily Star Sunday says the centre-back, 26, is set to join along with Maritimo defender and fellow Frenchman Valentin Roberge, 25, – both players are free agents.

Di Canio has also been alerted to Mauro Zarate’s unrest at Lazio.

The Argentina forward, 26, who had a loan spell with Birmingham in 2008, is trying to negotiate his release.

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