The Black Cats want Leeds United's left-back.
Leeds United look likely to face a fight to keep hold of their best talent for next season – with the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood all talented players with plenty of admirers.
The same can be said for their left-back Charlie Taylor.
The marauding full-back was named the club’s player of the year for 2015-16 and has recently been linked with a move to Sunderland.
Today those rumours picked up again, with the Chronicle Live reporting that Sunderland are tracking the player’s progress.
Brentford's Akaki Gogia in action with Leeds United's Charlie Taylor
Of course Leeds won’t want to sell the player, but Sunderland have someone they might want.
Liam Bridcutt spent much of last season on loan at Elland Road and impressed in the heart of midfield. Signing him permanently however will not be cheap and if Sunderland were to offer them cash plus the Scotland international perhaps they would have to consider the move.
Sunderland, who’s head of recruitment is former Leeds United technical director Martyn Glover, would surely be happy to let Bridcutt go if it meant bringing in a talent like Taylor.
However, Leeds would be foolish to accept such a deal. Bridcutt was a favourite of Steve Evans. He is on his way and who knows if the replacement Massimo Cellino is cooking will even want the Sunderland star.
Even if they do, sacrificing one of their best assets to get hold of Bridcutt would be a massive mistake.