Michael Mancienne wanted by Sunderland?

Hamburg's British defender Michael Mancienne controls the ball during a pre-season friendly football match between Hamburger SV and FC Barcelona in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 24, 2012
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Sunderland are interested in signing Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne, according to a report.

Sunderland are reportedly interested in signing Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne.

The 26-year-old has been playing in Germany for the past three seasons, but he is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League.

According to The Mirror, Sunderland are in pole position to complete a £1m transfer for Mancienne, despite interest from Stoke City, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers.

Mancienne helped Hamburg to finish 16th in the Bundesliga last season.

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