On Sunday night, Club Brugge defeated Anderlecht 2-1 in the final of the Belgian cup, and according to a report in the Daily Mail, Sunderland had scouts present at the game.
The Belgian market has become one that is looked at with much frequency now, due to the impressive successes of the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eden Hazard and Kevin Mirallas, and Sunderland fans should be happy that club chiefs are looking to unearth the next gem.
Due to these reports, we take a look at three Anderlecht players Sunderland could potentially sign in the summer transfer window.
Anthony Vanden Borre - DF
With the Black Cats defensive line ageing, and looking far from the quality needed in the Premier League, it is likely that the club will look at bringing in a number of replacements as their transfer priority. Vanden Borre, 27, is a player who could fulfil that role, being an experienced international defender able to play at both right- and centre-back, as well as in a deep-lying midfield role. He has experience of England - having played at Portsmouth for a year - and still has his best years ahead of him due to his age.
Dennis Praet - MF
A 20-year-old attacking midfielder, Praet is one of the real stars in Anderlecht’s side, and it would be quite a coup for Sunderland if they could sign him. A fully capped international despite his young age, the playmaker has seven goals and nine assists in 29 games this season, and is already a veteran of over 120 professional appearances. The Black Cats have struggled for goals this season, and not only does Praet create them, but he chips in with a fair few of his own as well.
Aleksandar Mitrovic - ST
A similar fixt to the goalscoring problem, but one that focuses entirely upon the finishing and goal getting ability. 20-year-old Serbian forward Mitrovic is Anderlecht’s top scorer this term, with 14 league goals, also making him the top scorer in the entire division. Impressive displays have suggested a move away this summer, and his better than one-in-two strike rate hints at a successful career wherever he goes. A dynamic forward with an impressive work rate, he is just the kind of young and promising striker that could rejuvenate Sunderland’s forward line.