Sunderland should consider summer move for Aston Villa stopper Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Sunderland have been suffering with a lack of goalkeeping options for much of the campaign so far.

Mark Bunn of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Mark Bunn could be made available by Aston Villa in the summer - and Sunderland should consider making a move.

Villa are hoping to tie down Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal when his loan move from Manchester United expires.

The claret and blues also have Jed Steer in reserve, which means Bunn could be deemed expendable.

Sunderland should now keep a keen eye on the 33-year-old, as he could finally solve their goalkeeping issues.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United has his shot saved by Mark Bunn of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in...

Sunderland will need a new stopper in six months’ time, of that there is no doubt.

The Black Cats have Robbin Ruiter and Jason Steele as their current options in net, and neither of the pair have looked up to scratch.

Sunderland did bring in Lee Camp in January, but he is only at the Stadium of Light on a loan deal, and can only be seen as a short-term solution.

Lee Camp of Nottingham celebrates after Simon Cox levels the scores from the penalty spot during the npower Championship match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest at the King...

Bunn, though, could finally give Sunderland some solidity to build around in net.

The London-born stopper may have fallen out of contention at Villa, but he has previously proven to be a very reliable goalkeeper at Championship level.

And with Villa unlikely to stand in his way, Sunderland should already be considering making a move for the experienced custodian when the transfer window re-opens.

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