Sunderland have been lingering near the bottom of the Premier League table for most of the season, struggling to score goals which has prompted the need for additional cover at the North East club.
French Under-21 international Alfred N’Diaye is close to officially joining the club from Turkish side Bursaspor.
N’Diaye has a reputation for being a versatile defensive midfielder who can also fill in across the back four. The fee being quoted in many of the national newspapers is £2 million which would be superb business by Martin O’Neill.
Sunderland are also thought to be targeting Anderlecht defender Roland Juhasz to strengthen the back four.
The centre back is one of the most shrewd signings that O’Neill could be looking at. He has won 76 international caps for Hungary and has made just under 200 appearances for Anderlecht in the Belgian league.
The arrival of Juhasz would signal O’Neill’s desire for greater stability and fewer mistakes from the Sunderland back four.
The reason O’Neill seems to be targeting defenders this January is because the side currently has injuries to key players Carlos Cuellar, Wes Brown and John O’Shea.
Many Sunderland fans will still question this considering the fact Sunderland have conceded one more goal at home and two more goals away from home than current league leaders Manchester United.
The attacking support is reportedly coming in the form of former Everton attacking midfielder Tim Cahill.
Cahill is currently a New York Red Bulls player and a source close to the player recently said the Australian doesn’t favour a move to Sunderland because of their style of play and their current league position.
He could be tempted into a move to Sunderland due to O’Neill’s superb man management skills and also the fact that he needs to maintain his sharpness and match fitness before the start of the new Major League Soccer season.
However, even if that move does not come off, O’Neill has more than enough time over the rest of January to search for and bring in an attacking solution which will help the side to score a higher volume of goals and start climbing the table.
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