The land of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke has led many clubs to look to Belgium as a source of talent, and we take a look at three Club Brugge players Sunderland could be looking to sign after their scouting mission.
Mathew Ryan - GK
Signing a new goalkeeper is not a direct priority for Sunderland, with Costel Pantilimon and Vito Mannone of an average Premier League quality, although they are never going to be world beaters. This is where Australian international Ryan could become a transfer target, after his 50 appearances have seen him concede just 41 goals this season. He is just 23-years-old, and a move to a stronger division than the Jupiler Pro League looks to be happening very soon. Sunderland should be the club that brings the highly rated stopper to England.
Bjorn Engels - DF
A risky signing, as Belgian youth international Engels is just 20-years-old, but the central defender is considered one of the best prospects in his country. The Black Cats need to invest in their back-line for the future, and Engels would be a long-term fix rather than a short-term fill-in the club have so often looked for. He is a tall and physical central defender, with youth on his side, and 47 professional appearances to his name. A risk as he has yet to play outside of his home nation - but a risk that is worth taking.
Joze Izquierdo - FW
Able to play all across the front three, Izquierdo is in his debut season at Brugge, and has netted an impressive 12 goals in 36 games, as well as assisting four more. He is a clinical finisher who can also create, and would provide an attacking flair that has been so lacking from Sunderland for a number of years. A recent signing, he still has three years left on his contract, meaning any fee for his is likely to be high, but the Black Cats should look past that to sign someone who will guarantee them goals.