Sunderland manager David Moyes
The Telegraph reports that Sunderland manager David Moyes is awaiting a green light from the Mackems' board before proceeding with moves for 'a number' of transfer targets already playing in the Championship.
With Sunderland's debts said to exceed £110 million, it would perhaps make sense if said players happen to be out of contract this summer.
Here are three the Scot would be wise to consider:
John Ruddy (Norwich City)
With Jordan Pickford again linked with a move to Everton on Friday morning, Sunderland could be in the market for a new goalkeeper in the coming months. Ruddy, who was twice promoted to the Premier League with Norwich, was signed by Moyes during his time as Toffees boss.
Ryan Bennett (Norwich City)
Released alongside Ruddy this week, a fresh start could be exactly what Bennett needs after going off the boil at Carrow Road this season. Once a £3.5 million buy from Peterborough United, the 27-year-old has a Championship promotion on his CV, as well as 61 top flight appearances.
Marley Watkins (Barnsley)
A winger by trade, Watkins has taken the second tier by storm in his first ever campaign at that level - scoring 10 goals and creating another nine in 41 games. Barnsley will, understandably, want to keep him, however a move to a club of Sunderland's statue could be tough to turn down.