Andrea Dossena nears Sunderland switch?

Andrea Dossena of SSC Napoli in action during the pre-season friendly match between SSC Napoli and Galatasaray at Stadio San Paolo on July 29, 2013
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Sunderland reportedly line up a move for Napoli defender Andrea Dossena.

Sunderland are reported to be nearing a deal to sign Napoli defender Andrea Dossena.

The 31-year-old was expected to join Torino this summer before failing a medical due to a muscle problem.

However, the full-back is likely to arrive at the Stadium of Light to push through a move before the transfer deadline, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Dossena has previous experience in the Premier League following a two-year spell with Liverpool before leaving for Napoli in 2010.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2013
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