Sunderland have endured a tough pre-season as they prepare for their first season in the Championship, after a ten year absence.
The club supporters are sceptical of their side's chances of an immediate return to the Premier League, and Sunderland's 5-0 defeat to Scottish Champions Celtic in their final pre-season fixture will have done little to ease these concerns.
Sunderland kick off their Championship campaign against Derby County on Friday, and the demoralising manner in which they were brushed aside by Celtic will have alarm bells ringing for new boss Simon Grayson.
Whilst it would be naive to read too much into pre-season matches, the Sunderland faithful have every right to feel uneasy with the number of goals the team has let in during these non-competitive fixtures.
The club have strengthened in central defence after signing Everton youngster Tyias Browning on loan. The highly experienced John O'Shea will be at the Stadium of Light for this season, but it is likely that Lamine Kone won't remain at the club.
Sunderland are lacking a commanding presence and Championship experience in the heart of their defence. The signing of Batth will help erase this weak link in the team.
The 26-year-old is highly sought after and is a number of Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City are said to be eyeing up a move for the defender.
Despite signing a new four-year deal at Molineux last season, his future is in doubt under the new regime at the club spearheaded by Portuguese boss Nuno Esprito Santo.
If he is allowed to leave, then Sunderland should do all they can to secure the services of a player that has been an ever-present in the Wolves defence in recent seasons, with 134 games in England's second tier under his belt.
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