Sunderland are keen on signing two loan players to fill their quota for next season.
During the 2014/15 season, the Wearside outfit only signed one player on a domestic loan, bringing in Sebastian Coates from Liverpool. Although he failed to impress under Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat threw him into the first-team set-up, and he played well enough to earn the Dutch coach’s praise - and the want to sign him on a permanent deal.
These two loan spots allow Sunderland to bring in players from their Premier League rivals, and there are a few positions that really need strengthening.
Signing a consistent goalscoring striker is a main priority of Advocaat, following the lack of attacking threat shown last term, and the Echo report claims that the Black Cats have two targets in mind when looking to strengthen in the offensive third.
Patrick Bamford, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea, is expected to secure a move to a Premier League club to continue his development and Sunderland are interested in him.
Similarly, Manchester United youngster James Wilson is expected to head out on loan to aid his progress after impressing at youth level for United, and the Wearside club could offer him an outlet for consistent first-team football at Premier League level.
As well as the two attacking targets, the club are reportedly linked with making a move for Carl Jenkinson, the Arsenal right-back who spent the 2014/15 season with West Ham.
He impressed in the Premier League, and with Arsenal reportedly keen on loaning him out again, Sunderland are fighting it out with the Hammers to sign him on a temporary deal for the upcoming campaign.