Cats ‘rule out’ bidding for duo

The Black Cats have been busy strengthening their squad this week

and the arrival of David Vaughan on Friday took the number of

summer signings to nine. Reports had also suggested that Defoe and

N’Zogbia could be on their way to the Stadium of Light in the near

future. Defoe’s future has become the subject of speculation after

he admitted his frustration at a lack of regular starting

opportunities with Tottenham last season. N’Zogbia has also been

linked with a move away from Wigan despite manager Roberto Martinez

expressing confidence that he will stay. However, Sunderland are

now understood to have informed Sky Sports News that they have no

plans to make a move for either player.