Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has emerged as a target for Premier League rivals Sunderland, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is keen to bolster his squad before Tuesday's transfer deadline and is considering a swoop for Portugal Under-21 international Ilori.
Sunderland enjoyed success in signing Sebastian Coates on loan from Liverpool last year before making the deal permanent this summer.
The Black Cats have endured a difficult start to the season with their defending coming in for heavy criticism so Advocaat could be looking to bolster his backline options.
Sunderland could face competition for Ilori's signature with several German sides, including Stuttgart expressing an interest in the 22-year-old.
Ilori joined Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Reds spending the last two seasons on loan at Granada and Bordeaux.
Liverpool could be willing to loan out Ilori again so that he can get valuable first-team action under his belt and may favour sending the highly-rated stopper to Sunderland to enable to gain some experience of playing in the Premier League.