Former Leeds manager Garry Monk
Reports this week claimed the former Leeds United boss would consider an approach from the Black Cats.
But if the 38-year-old were to take the Sunderland reins, might any of his old players follow him to the Stadium of Light?
Here are three he could target...
After an impressive loan spell at Leeds, Bartley is back at Swansea, whose manager seems to want to keep it that way. The 26-year-old and Monk go way back, however, and the former will likely fancy another stint under his ex-Swans colleague if he cannot secure a first team spot at the Liberty Stadium. Sunderland could lose Lamine Kone and John O'Shea this summer - on top of the departures of Joleon Lescott and Jason Denayer - which could make centre-back a priority area to strengthen.
Nathan Dyer [Swansea City]
Monk often likes to play with out and out wingers, of which Sunderland have only Duncan Watmore. So someone such as Dyer, who like Bartley is a former Swansea colleague of the prospective Mackems boss, is sure to appeal - finances and fitness permitting. The 29-year-old is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury and may find it hard to break into the Swans' side upon his return. Could a move to the Championship beckon?
Chris Wood [Leeds United]
Monk was widely credited for transforming Wood's fortunes during his time at Leeds and a reunion would surely appeal to the 30-goal New Zealander - if it was offered. Figures as high as £20 million have been bandied about for Wood, however, and that's the kind of money Sunderland are unlikely to have. Having said that, if the Mackems can squeeze the maximum out of any assets they have left, there's a chance it could happen.
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