Sam Allardyce is looking to strengthen all over the field this summer.
They say that the club has informed agents over the different parts of the squad where they feel they need to strengthen. A box-to-box midfielder, an attacking midfielder or winger, a full-back and a centre-back are all wanted by manager Sam Allardyce, who looks to build a side that can kick on after a late revival saved the club from relegation from the Premier League yet again.
Some of Allardyce's January signings, namely Jan Kirchhoff, Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri provided the catalyst for the side to survive but it is evident that he would like to strengthen further to ensure there are no scares like there have been for each of the past four seasons at the Stadium of Light.
Allardyce has spoken of the need for his side to get off to a good start next season in order to avoid the need for heroics to save themselves for the drop.
It is clear from the targets that have been outlined that all areas are in need of strengthening. While Kone impressed at the heart of the defence since his arrival, there is a need for a younger centre-back to provide competition than the likes of John O'Shea and Wes Brown who were challenging Kone and Kaboul last term.
Jermaine Defoe was a great source of goals for the club last season but they may not want to rely on him too much so there is some logic in bringing in a new forward, especially with Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher seemingly heading towards the exit door. And some more natural width can give Allardyce that extra option, while it is rare that a summer goes by at a club without the middle of the park being looked at.
Overall, it looks as if a busy summer of activity could take place on Wearside before the start of the new Premier League season.