Sunderland have been linked with Joey O’Brien in the past.
The Republic of Ireland international joined the Hammers from Bolton Wanderers in 2011, first playing under Sam Allardyce with the trotters and then signed by the manager for the Hammers.
A report in the Mirror in April suggested Allardyce wants O’Brien for a third time this summer at Sunderland, and now he has the chance to draft him in on a free transfer.
O’Brien is predominantly a fullback, capable of playing either side and his best attributes include his concentration in and out of possession as well as his position sense.
While he’s not a modern day attacking fullback, he’s still extremely solid and at 30 he still has a couple of years left to give at Premier League level before eventually moving down the leagues.
West Ham’s decision to release him comes as little surprise considering he has barely featured for Slaven Bilic’s men this past season, yet that’s not to say he doesn’t have something to offer.
Sunderland are short of options in the fullback areas and Allarydce has a decision to make what with DeAndre Yedlin’s loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur coming to an end.
The Black Cats boss may opt to try and bring Yedlin in on a permanent deal, yet he would be wise to bulk up that area with an extra addition and with O’Brien, Allardyce will know exactly what he is getting.