Sunderland are looking to the European market for players in the upcoming transfer window, it is being suggested.
Sunderland are planning to bring in talent from around the continent this summer, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.
The Black Cats have seemingly reviewed their transfer policy and now believe that players from across Europe represent better value for money than domestic based stars.
Last summer Sunderland made attempts to sign players from the English leagues, but they were so unsuccessful the team have reportedly decided to take a different approach this time around.
Sunderland have already stationed scouts out in France, Spain, Portugal and Holland and the Chronicle believes that the bulk of their additions are likely to be from these leagues in the summer.
If this is the case, it will be important that this newly implemented approach to transfers works, as Sunderland's squad is in dire need of reinforcement.
The Black Cats have a number of areas which need improvements and they will need their additions to make an instant impact next campaign.
Of course, crucial to their current plans will be that the club stays in the Premier League. At the moment Sunderland are just one point above the drop zone and their top-flight survival hangs in the balance with some tough fixtures ahead.