The Black Cats started 2016 with a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa, a result which moves them to within five points of safety ahead of a vital stage of the season for the club.
Sunderland must strengthen in a number of key areas in January and one name which Sam Allardyce has on his wish-list is Stoke City’s Marc Wilson.
However, the Daily Mail report that the Mackems aren’t alone in their interest as fellow relegation contenders Bournemouth are also keen on the Northern Ireland international.
“Allardyce also has interest in Stoke City utility player Marc Wilson but faces competition from Bournemouth,” the report reads.
Wilson is predominantly described as a utility man such is his ability to play in any position across the back four as well as being able to feature in a holding midfield role.
The 28-year-old joined Stoke from Portsmouth in 2010 and has gone on to make 145 Premier League appearances at the Britannia Stadium, helping the club consolidate in the top flight.
This season he has managed just one start and is currently out of favour, prompting speculation over a potential switch during the January transfer market.
He would represent a fine option for both Sunderland and Bournemouth, with his experience invaluable and his capabilities to play in a range of positions a very desirable trait.