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Sunderland boss Bruce will not try again for Hamburg fullback Demel

Sunderland won't be going for Hamburg fullback Guy Demel.

The Journal says manager Steve Bruce looked carefully at the right-back in January 2010, but was unable to complete a deal.

Instead he signed Argentinian Marcos Angeleri last summer, a transfer which spectacularly failed to live up to expectations.

Hamburg have revealed Demel is for sale this summer, with a move to the Premier League expected to be rubber-stamped this week.

However, circumstances have changed to make him a less attractive option, even with the German club anxious to offload a player about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.

Bruce, who sent Ghanaians John Mensah and Sulley Muntari back to their parent clubs after under-whelming loans, has gone on record to say he is reluctant to add to his contingent of African-based players which currently numbers one - striker Asamoah Gyan.

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