Numerous reports this morning suggest that the incoming Manchester United boss is preparing a large scale clear out at Old Trafford, with Danny Welbeck mentioned amongst a list of players of which the Dutch manager is supposedly open to offers.
Sunderland are reported to want a new striker at the club by the end of the week, and could rebuff an interest in their former favourite.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at the Stadium of Light during the 2010-11 season, scoring six goals in 26 appearances and earning his first England call up under then manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce tried and failed to bring Welbeck to Wearside on a permanent basis in the summer of 2012, with all advances rejected by Alex Ferguson who considered the striker ready to play a valuable role in his first team plans at Old Trafford.
But now with change looming large at Manchester United Welbeck could be heading for the exit, and a return to Sunderland may finally be on the cards.
The Black Cats look almost certain set to miss out on last season's loan sensation Fabio Borini, meaning a move for Welbeck could prove the perfect alternative.
Although the 23-year-old made his impact at the Stadium of Light before the arrival of Gus Poyet, the Uruguayan has shown a preference in forward players with a high work ethic and ability to track back defensively, and therefore could see the Manchester United man as a viable option.
Sunderland will hope to have learned from the mistakes made in last season's summer transfer window when an influx of no less than 14 players from overseas lead to a difficult campaign, ending with The Black Cats only narrowly avoiding relegation.
So far Gus Poyet and newly appointed Sporting Director Lee Congerton have acquired three players (Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones and Costel Pantilimon) all of which are Premier League proven. This suggests a shift in transfer policy at the Stadium of Light, and Danny Welbeck would certainly fit the mould.