Sunderland are looking to bring in new central midfielders this summer.
Deals have already been concluded for Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews, with talks being held with Nicolas Lombaerts and Jeremain Lens.
This has already strengthened the defensive side of Sunderland’s game, and Lombaerts would provide further cover at centre-back, whilst agreeing a deal for Lens would add some much-needed creativity to Dick Advocaat’s side.
With these moves lined up, the report states that the Dutch boss is now prioritising signing a central midfielder this summer.
Lee Cattermole is clearly in favour under Advocaat, and has had his contract extended, but there are few other players who consistently impress. Liam Bridcutt is expected to leave the club, Jack Rodwell has yet to perform at the top level, and Sebastian Larsson cannot turn out every week.
Bringing in a creative playmaking midfielder is Advocaat’s main aim for the summer, although he has ruled out two targets.
Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie is considered too much of a deep-lying playmaker to be a real option, whilst Advocaat had doubts about Marco van Ginkel - who has now signed on a season-long loan with Stoke.
There are no indications in the report as to which midfielder the club could be looking to sign, but Advocaat is sure to have a long list of potential targets who fill his desired style of central midfield player.