Sunderland would benefit greatly from the Manchester United player' s presence.
Sunderland manager David Moyes has a lot of work to do between now and the end of August as he bids to build a side capable of challenging at the right end of the Premier League next season.
The framework is certainly there, and Sam Allardyce’s January signings will all play a vital role under the new boss, but with plenty of new arrivals likely in the weeks ahead Sunderland and their fans may have to be patient, with a deal or two potentially stretching all the way to deadline day.
One such move could be for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who Moyes signed for both Everton and United – the latter on the final day of the 2013 window.
While a loan move for Adnan Januzaj should not be too tricky if Moyes wants to bring the young winger to the Stadium if Light negotiations for Fellaini could take a little longer.
After all, United boss Jose Mourinho is unlikely to sanction a move for the Belgian international until he strengthens his own midfield, with Paul Pogba’s proposed switch to Old Trafford dragging on.
Fellaini also showed what he can do when he scored against Galatasaray at the weekend, and while he is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is telling that he was relied on time and again by both Moyes and his successor Louis van Gaal.
Fellaini does what is asked of him, carrying out game plans to perfection, and whether operating in central midfield or as more of an attacking threat he does his job well.
He would thrive at Sunderland and for that reason he is well worth the wait if a deal with United cannot ultimately be struck until deadline day.