Sunderland are still monitoring the contract situation of Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge.

The 25-year old Frenchman comes out of contract this summer paving the way for a potential shift to the Premier League.

Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio is keen on Roberge who had emerged as a transfer target for QPR last summer.

He kicked off his career with Guingamp in 2006 before heading to Paris Saint-Germain the following year but after spending his time in the reserve team at Parc des Princes, moved to Greece with Aris Thessaloniki, prior to his 2010 shift to Portugal with Maritimo.

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