Report: Sunderland enter the race for West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison

West Brom's James Morrison celebrates scoring their second goal

Sunderland and Middlesbrough are both reportedly chasing West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison.

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison before the game

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Sunderland have entered the race to sign James Morrison from West Bromwich Albion.

Morrison is a free agent, after turning down a contract offer from the Baggies.

Tony Pulis had been keen to keep Morrison at the Hawthorns, but it seems that the Welsh manager’s attempts have proven fruitless.

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action with West Brom's James Morrison

The 29-year-old has previously been linked with Middlesbrough, but Sunderland are also reportedly taking a look at the midfielder.

Sam Allardyce is determined to start pushing Sunderland up the Premier League table, and he believes Morrison’s arrival would improve his midfield options.

The Scotland international has made 19 appearances for West Brom this past season, but he has not played since January.

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and Phillipp Wollscheid in action with West Brom's James Morrison

Sunderland are expected to invest heavily this summer, but Allardyce believes that Morrison could be a bargain buy on a free transfer.

If Morrison has played his last game for West Brom, he will end a nine year stay with the Midlands side.

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