Sunderland could be busy during the summer transfer window.
The summer may have only just started but Sunderland have already been linked with a whole host of potential new players.
Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce proved to be a shrewd operator in the transfer market back in January, signing the stars that ultimately played a huge role in saving Sunderland from relegation, and now he will be hoping to further strengthen his squad.
Here we take a look at the top five players to have been linked with Sunderland this week:
According to a report from the Express & Star, Sunderland are interested in bringing Anderlecht centre forward Idrissa Sylla to the Stadium of Light.
The 25-year-old scored six goals in 23 appearances last season, but before Sunderland fans shoot down that record he spent the vast majority of the campaign as a substitute coming on late in games.
When he did start, he almost invariably scored, including three in his first three games of the season.
The 25-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2020 but he was used sparingly by Juventus last season, in part due to injuries, and he ended the campaign with just 13 Serie A appearances under his belt.
Didier Ndong has been linked to Sunderland by French newspaper L’Equipe.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder currently plays for Lorient, for whom he turned out 40 times last season.
He has accrued 52 appearances for them in total but a big bid from Sunderland could prompt a move.
According to France Football, Sunderland have made an offer for free agent Jeremy Pied although West Ham United are also said to be interested.
The 27-year-old is currently on the books at Nice but his contract expires at the end of the month, leaving him free to join the Black Cats if he so chooses.
Earlier this week the Mirror’s live transfer feed reported that Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was on Sunderland’s radar.
The 26-year-old is predominantly a right-back although he can play anywhere across the back-line if required and he would offer another option for Allardyce in defence.