The standard editorial report that Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is considering adding Kevin Nolan to his ranks as he intends to bolster his squad ahead of the upcoming transfer deadline.
The Black Cats have started the season poorly, suffering successive defeats to Leicester City and Norwich City before holding Swansea City to a 1-1 draw in their last outing at the Stadium of Light.
The problems have long been mounting at the club, and despite Advocaat’s decision to take the reins full-time, they haven’t brought in enough quality players this summer compared to some of their rivals.
There are a number of positions which need strengthening, but they’ve so far come unstuck, with an example being their failure to land Jonathan De Guzman from Napoli, as reported by HITC sources.
Nevertheless, the club are still seeking new additions and the latest reports in the Mirror suggest they are considering a move for Nolan following his release from West Ham.
The 33-year-old left the Hammers in order to seek a long-term deal elsewhere but his former ties to Newcastle United could pose a problem over a proposed move to Wearside.
Nolan has plenty of experience and is capable of playing as an advanced midfielder, though after making just 19 Premier League starts last season his ability to make an impact is seemingly on the slide.