Report: Jason Denayer could be one of 'two or three' players Dick Advocaat feels Sunderland needs

Dick Advocaat is still looking for new players, with one Manchester City defender linked.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has said the side needs to make 'two or three' new signings before the transfer window closes next week, and the Sunderland Echo reports that one player could be Jason Denayer from Manchester City.

The Black Cats stopped their early season rot with a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on Saturday following two defeats which saw them concede seven goals.

Advocaat is quoted, saying: “We need two or three to strengthen positions to get more competition in the squad. That’s most important.

“You need competition during the games, but also in training, so they don’t feel it’s easy.

“For some, it’s easy.

“We still need something and hopefully the president will realise that as well, because you can’t bring that (effort alone) every week.”

John O'Shea returned to the side at the weekend to provide an element of stability to the Sunderland back line but after completing the signings of Younes Kaboul, Adam Matthews and Sebastian Coates, Advocaat seems keen to bring in further reinforcements at the back.

Denayer has not had much first team experience at the Etihad Stadium having spent last season on loan at Celtic, and with further investment on their back line with Nicolas Otamendi added to their ranks, Denayer leaving the Etihad on loan may be his best chance of getting some first team football - but competition for places at the Stadium of Light looks pretty fierce as well. 

Following the sale of Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace, it will be interesting to see if Sunderland allow Advocaat to invest in the final third of the field and on other areas of the side. 

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