Sunderland are leading the chase to bring Michael Mancienne back to England. Mancienne, 26, wants to head home after a three-year stint in Germany with Hamburg. And the Black Cats are the front-runners ahead of Stoke, Swansea, QPR and Championship-bound Fulham to seal a bargain £1million deal. Sunderland’s sporting director Lee Congerton plans on being reunited with Mancienne and has recommended the versatile defender to boss Gus Poyet. The pair worked together with Chelsea’s youth team before Mancienne moved to Hamburg. Sunderland are chasing new defenders after Phil Bardsley joined Stoke and Carlos Cuellar, Mo Diakite and Valentin Roberge were axed. With just 12 months left on his contract, Mancienne can leave for a knockdown fee.