West Bromwich Albion are apparently close to signing Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso on loan, but Sunderland should make a last ditch attempt to persuade him to come back to the Stadium of Light.
The Daily Mail believes that Alonso is on the verge of a move to the Baggies from Fiorentina, but Sunderland may have a good chance of landing him should they renew their interest.
The Black Cats' interest in the Spaniard was reported this summer by the Sunderland Echo, but their attempts to sign him were dashed because of Fiorentina's reluctance to allow him to leave on a temporary basis.
The Serie A side saw Alonso as someone who could improve their first team and he has, indeed, played regularly for them this campaign.
However, Fiorentina are seemingly more willing to allow him to leave on loan this month and to let the Baggies to capitalise on this unopposed could be an error by Gus Poyet.
Although Patrick van Aanholt has done a decent job as the side's first-choice left-back, there can be little doubting that Alonso would be an upgrade.
Alonso was brilliant for the club last campaign and adding someone of his quality would be a boost for everyone at the Stadium of Light.
The 24-year-old has already stated how much he enjoyed playing on Wearside and the chance to do so again would likely be one he would jump at - making the transfer look a very appealing one should the Black Cats choose to pursue it.