Blackpool eye up Sunderland’s Cabral

Sunderland's Cabral.
Sunderland's Cabral.
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BLACKPOOL are keeping tabs on out-of-favour Sunderland midfielder Cabral with a view to taking the former Basel man on loan.

The Echo can confirm that the Championship side are looking at making a bold move for the 24-year-old, who only joined the Black Cats in July.

Normally they would expect to have no chance of bringing in a Premier League footballer with Champions League and Europa League experience on his CV.

But they have noted how swiftly he fell off Paolo Di Canio’s radar at the Stadium of Light before the Italian’s sacking and that he has also not played under interim head coach Kevin Ball either.

And the Tangerines hope that if Cabral does not feature in Sunderland’s immediate plans they might get him on a temporary deal.

Blackpool, managed by Paul Ince - who has former Sunderland midfielder Alex Rae as his first-team coach - made an excellent start to the season and briefly topped the table.

But their squad has been stretched in recent weeks and they have taken only three points from the last 12 - falling back to sixth in the table, though they are level on points with fourth place.

The loss of influential 35-year-old midfielder Barry Ferguson to injury last month was a real blow, with the former Scottish international expected to be sidelined for weeks with an ankle problem.

And that’s where the club’s interest in Cabral comes in, with Ince believing a powerful box-to-box midfielder with physical presence is the key to them getting back up the table.

That’s exactly the sort of player Di Canio was after when Director of Football Roberto De Fanti secured the Bosman signing of Cabral in the summer.

But although the Cape Verde international started Sunderland’s first two games this season - the 1-0 defeat to Fulham and the 4-2 cup win over Peterborough - he has not featured since with Di Canio having raised question marks over the player’s ability to impose himself on Premier League games.

Blackpool would not expect that to be an issue in the Championship and see a real opportunity to get in a loan player with proven experience, who will be motivated to impress after not making his mark at Sunderland so far.

Whether or not Sunderland are prepared to let him go remains to be seen and it is likely the club will want to wait until Di Canio’s long-term successor is appointed and leave the new man with the final say.

But with Cabral’s career on Wearside having failed to launch under Di Canio or Ball so far, Sunderland might be grateful to have a loan move to Blackpool as an option on the table.

Sunderland’s new-look recruitment team with De Fanti and chief scout Valentin Angeloni at the helm, brought in 13 foreign players in the summer but only three have made the starting line-up in Ball’s two games in charge - Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ki Sung-Yeung.

That would suggest another clear-out could be on the way in the not too distant future and if that is the case, Blackpool look like being first in the queue to offer Cabral a fresh start.