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Cahill considers Premier League comeback

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Interest in Cahill has grown after his goalscoring exploits at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is in line for a surprise move back to the Barclays Premier League.

Reports suggest significant interest from both QPR and Sunderland, as well as number of other top-flight clubs in the Premier League and also across Europe.

Pantilimon to battle for No.1 spot

Sunderland new boy Costel Pantilimon is gearing up for a month-long battle with Vito Mannone for a place in Gus Poyet's Barclays Premier League team.

At this moment, I think everyone is fighting for their position. There's a long period until we start the Premier League.

It's normal for everyone to work hard, train hard and after that, we'll see what happens. I think everyone wants to be in the first XI. We'll see.

Vito is a good guy and a good keeper. I know that. But whatever happens, it's important that it helps the team.

It's not just competition for us, it's everyone in the team. At this moment, no-one is in the starting XI.

– Costel Pantilimon speaking to the Sunderland Echo

Poyet confident over Altidore

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is confident striker Jozy Altidore will be fit for pre-season despite having his World Cup ruined by injury.

From the beginning, the doctor has been in touch with the US medical staff.

In the beginning it looked bad but it got much better during the weeks and Jozy was nearly available for the [last 16].

If, say, the US had got through to the next stage, Jozy would have played a part.

We know hamstring injuries are tricky and that you have to be careful not to come back too quickly.

I am sure, if nothing goes wrong, that when Jozy is back with us for pre-season, he is going to be fit to start training without any problems.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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