The Black Cats are firmly embroiled in a relegation scrap, and David Moyes certainly needs to strengthen his options during the course of this month's transfer window.
That will be easier said than done, however, with it being common knowledge that Sunderland have little money to spend on transfers.
So Moyes will have to be smart in his recruitment, and possibly target either loan signings, or players whose contracts are close to expiring.
An interesting option for the Wearsiders would be Everton's out-of-favour striker Arouna Kone.
Everton's Arouna Kone in action
The 33-year-old's contract with the Toffees is due to expire in the summer, and he is quite clearly not favoured by Ronald Koeman, having not made a single start for the Blues so far this season.
He will most likely be available for next to nothing, should Moyes make a move, and he would most definitely be able to bring something to the Sunderland side, even if it is just increased competition for places in forward areas.
With Duncan Watmore out for the season, the Black Cats are relying on Jermain to produce the goods, week-in, week-out, especially with Victor Anichebe's absence through injury.
Everton's Arouna Kone celebrates
Kone would add pace and movement to Moyes' frontline, and at least provide the Scot with a different option, should things not be going to plan.
He can play anywhere across the front three, and that versatility could prove to be vital as Moyes looks to navigate the physically demanding Premier League campaign with such a thin squad.
The Ivorian moved to Goodison Park from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013, for a fee believed to be in the region of £6 million.