Sunderland have agreed a loan deal for Inter Milan midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic but fear Everton could make an 11th-hour bid to scupper the move.

Kuzmanovic is willing to go to Sunderland but is holding out for interest from the Toffees who will move for the 25-year-old if they lose Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United.

Sunderland have been told to up their £5million bid for US international Michael Bradley by Roma while manager Paolo Di Canio is also tracking Swansea midfielder Ki Yeung-Sung.

Sunderland host League One MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup bidding for a first win of the season and Di Canio added: “MK Dons carry a physical threat and they pass the ball well.”