Sunderland should not hesitate to snap up Mathieu Flamini...for free

Crystal Palace's Joe Ledley with Mathieu Flamini after the match

The Frenchman possesses all of the attributes required to be a hit at Sunderland.

Black Cats boss Simon Grayson faces a tough task ahead of him at the Stadium of Light this summer, as he looks build a squad capable of making an instant return to the Premier League.

Sunderland were woeful last term, and their relegation to the Championship was totally deserved. They were weak and impotent both defensively and offensively, and vast improvements will need to be made during the off-season.

One particular department where Grayson needs to improve is the central midfield area, with more quality and depth required, following Jan Kirchhoff's exit from the club upon the expiration of his contract.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini looks dejected after missing a chanceMathieu Flamini during his Arsenal days

And with this in mind, the Wearsiders should consider a move for Mathieu Flamini, who is available on a free transfer, following his release from Crystal Palace.

The 33-year-old Frenchman still possesses enough quality to be a useful asset for Sunderland in the Championship, and his tenacious playing style makes him the ideal fit for the robust nature of England's second tier.

One thing that the Black Cats faithful expect as a bare minimum is 100 per cent commitment from their players - a commodity that Flamini always bring to the pitch, and something that they have not seen from the current group of players on a consistent basis.

The former Arsenal star could form a formidable partnership with Lee Cattermole at the base of Sunderland's midfield - one that would provide their more creative players with the license to roam free in the attacking third.

Whilst it might prove difficult for Grayson to tempt Flamini into making the move to the Stadium of Light, the offer of regular first-team football could hold a major sway in his decision.

And if the Black Cats manage to get deal for the Frenchman over the line, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for Sunderland.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is fouled by Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini resulting in a penalty to BarcelonaBarcelona's Lionel Messi is fouled by Mathieu Flamini 

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