Sunderland have been linked with another very exciting centre-back.
According to a recent report from the Sunderland Echo, Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce wants to bring Borussia Dortmund centre-back Nevan Subotic to the Stadium of Light next season.
The 27-year-old has struggled for game-time in Germany this past campaign, making just 11 appearances in all competitions, but there is no doubting his quality and he would be a risk worth taking – just like Jan Kirchhoff before him.
Minor injuries have played a significant role in Subotic’s recent absences but if he did swap Dortmund for Sunderland he could help the Black Cats form one of the best defences in the English top flight.
Lamine Kone has been nothing short of sensational since signing for Sunderland in the January transfer window, and while John O’Shea and Younes Kaboul will have something to say about it, if Allardyce can partner the big Ivorian with Subotic he would have a central defence the envy of many.
Subotic has played 258 times for Dortmund to date, scoring 18 goals in the process, and at his best the Serbian defender would be a wonderful option at the heart of most teams in Europe.
So what is Allardyce waiting for? After impressing with his last round of transfer business he could again spring a few surprises this summer, with Subotic unlikely to be the only coup if he does arrive at Sunderland in due course.