Everton, Sunderland chasing Hertha Berlin defender Friedrich

Germany defender Arne Friedrich is in the sights of Everton.

The Daily Mail says Everton and Sunderland are leading the contingent of Barclays Premier League clubs chasing Germany defender Friedrich.

The 31-year old is available at a knockdown fee of £2million, after Hertha Berlin reluctantly agreed to sell him, in the wake of their relegation from the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg have had a £1m bid rejected.

But Friedrich said: "There have been offers from England, and I am totally open to the idea of moving to the Premier League."