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Liverpool have joined the race to land goalkeeper Simon Mignolet but Sunderland want to keep him at the Stadium of Light.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with the Black Cats number one and Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is desperate to get him tied down to a new deal as quickly as possible.
Clubs have noticed they could land Mignolet on the cheap as he is still on the same contract that he signed back in 2010 and interested parties are aware they can offer him a massive pay hike.
His agents claimed at the weekend that he would look to move to a bigger club to increase his international chances, a claim denied by the player himself, but with Liverpool now joining the race Sunderland are in a rush to get him tied down to a new deal.