Cats ‘closing in on Kyrgiakos’

The powerful Greek centre-half left Anfield in August 2011 to

make a fresh start in Germany with Wolfsburg.

He has struggled to make an impact in the Bundesliga, though,

and has been restricted to just a handful of first-team

appearances.

The 32-year-old is already considering his future at Wolfsburg

and he is set to be offered a route back to the Premier League by

Sunderland.

The Black Cats have been relatively quiet during the January

transfer window, with O’Neill having taken his time to identify

potential targets.

He feels Krygiakos could be a useful addition, with his vast

experience and Premier League know-how making him an asset to any

side.

O’Neill is also keen to ensure that he is not left short on

defensive options, with Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matthew

Kilgallon all sidelined at present.

Kyrgiakos is believed to already be in England and on his way to

Wearside for transfer talks.