Sunderland tipped to sign Tyrone Mings this month

Hartlepool United's Michael Duckworth (L) in action with Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings

The Bournemouth player is being linked with a move to Sunderland.

According to the Telegraph, Sunderland are a possible January destination for Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.

The 23-year-old has struggled for game time since returning from torn knee ligaments and with Sunderland in need of defensive reinforcements to aid them in their relegation fight Mings could be a viable option.

Hartlepool United's Michael Duckworth (L) in action with Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings

The centre-back has been available for the last 12 Premier League matches yet he has featured for just one minute – coming off the bench against Leicester City with the clock ticking down.

Sunderland have a few options in defence but manager David Moyes’ habit of playing as many as possible in a single game – with the likes of Jason Denayer, Jan Kirchoff, Donald Love and Paddy McNair all featuring in midfield this season – means a move for Mings is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Ipswich Town's Tyrone Mings in action with Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton

Sunderland have shipped nine goals in their last three matches and that will have to change if they have a realistic shot of remaining in the top flight beyond May.

A fit and firing Mings would certainly help, and with Bournemouth seemingly not needing their £8million signing – at least from the start – Moyes would be wise to test the water before someone else does.

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