According to The Sun, Sunderland have made a fresh £3 million bid for Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson.
The report claims that boss David Moyes has axed defender Lamine Kone for the time being following his latest contract rejection and a new defensive addition is now a top priority.
Sunderland have experienced an eventful past few weeks in regards to transfers, what with Papy Djilobodji joining their ranks while speculation of Kone’s future has dominated headlines.
The talented centre-back is now seemingly holding out for a move to Everton, leaving Sunderland in a tricky position ahead of the transfer deadline as they now could be forced in to bringing in a replacement.
Mawson, 22, has been on the club’s radar after impressing for the Tykes last term and Moyes is now intent on bringing him in by submitting a new £3 million bid for his services.
The former Brentford man has only been with Barnley for 12 months, yet in his first season he helped the club win both the Football League Trophy and promotion to the Championship via the League One playoffs.
Alfie Mawson on loan at Wycombe Wanderers
Described as tough-tackling centre-back who is equally comfortable on the ball, Mawson notched an impressive seven goals in 48 league appearances for Barnsley last season.
Sunderland need to bolster their defensive ranks before the deadline, and Mawson no doubt has the potential tand attributes needed o become an established Premier League player in the future.