Sunderland should seek a loan deal for Leicester outcast Gokhan Inler in January

Leicester City’s Gokhan Inler has been linked with a loan move - and Sunderland should seek a deal.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Leicester City’s Gokhan Inler has been linked with a loan switch in January after struggling to break into Claudio Ranieri's side.

The Switzerland international has rarely featured for the Foxes this season following his summer move from Serie A side Napoli, starting just two Premier League matches.

Inler, 31, has bags of experience and captains the Swiss national team, therefore his inability to establish himself as a regular at Leicester comes as a surprise considering the buzz upon his arrival.

The report states that with Euro 2016 just around the corner, Inler could be keen on a loan move.

If he is available in January, a player of his magnitude would surely not consider dropping down to the Championship, but a move elsewhere in the Premier League could be plausible.

And one team who could really do with a few extra bodies is Sam Allardyce’s struggling Sunderland.

The Black Cats find themselves second from bottom with just six points from 12 matches. They are very much tipped to go down, and their survival hopes could hinge on their business in January.

Allardyce has made no secret of the fact that he needs to make some important signings in the upcoming window, and one area he will be looking at is strengthening the midfield.

Yann M’Vila and Lee Cattermole are competent holding midfielders, yet beyond those two there isn’t much in terms of an alternative and in those tricky away games, another body is needed in there.

Inler is very much a seasoned pro who is comfortable in possession, strong in the air and well organised off the ball – attributes which are ideal for the challenges which Sunderland now face.

Whether Leicester would be willing to let him leave on loan is another question, yet it would make sense if Ranieri doesn’t consider him a regular but by the same token needs him to get games.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch