The Black Cats are desperately in need of reinforcements, but they will have to look elsewhere than FC Augsburg.
Sunderland appear to be keen to strengthen their defensive options.
The Austrian defender is said to be interesting a quartet of Premier League clubs, with the Hornets looking to beat their rivals to the 23-year-old.
A Mackems scout was spotted at Austria's friendly defeat to the Netherlands.
Austria duo Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger could be targets.
Claudio Ranieri is hoping to strengthen the Foxes' options heading into the second half of the season.
Celtic take on Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday - and two Premier League clubs will be watching with intent.
West Ham have reportedly scouted Austrian duo Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger.
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