Sunderland need January additions if they are to climb out of the Championship relegation zone.
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman will know his side desperately needs January reinforcements if he is to save the Wearside club from a second successive relegation.
The former Wales boss picked up his first win as Sunderland manager on Saturday, beating Burton Albion in his second game in charge to push the Black Cats from rock bottom up two places into 22nd.
Attacking tenacity is required on the flanks at the Stadium of Light, with James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban being given little service as the club struggle at the foot of England's third tier.
Creativity, the ability to unlock a defence and knowledge of the Championship are all key factors that any new addition in Sunderland's final third must possess, as Coleman scours the market for the types of players to keep Sunderland up.
Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent ticks all the boxes after a report in The Sun claimed the 21-year-old could be set to return to Anfield from his loan at Bundesliga outfit Freiburg early, as he is being forced to watch from the substitutes' bench.
Kent is yet to make a single start for the German side, coming off the bench in six league games as he struggles to have the same impact that saw him shine for Barnsley during a season-long loan in 2016-17.
The six-time England Under-20 has proved in the Championship and in Premier League 2 that he can score goals and create more, scoring 15 and turning provider on nine occasions during 41 appearances in the latter.
Adding his speed, trickery and creative nous would provide Sunderland with not only an added source of goals, but Kent would bring the best out of his strikers as he can give them the ammunition to fire Coleman's newly-inherited side to safety.
If he does indeed become available, Coleman must throw Sunderland's hat into the ring and work tirelessly to complete a deal for Kent as he holds the potential to keep the club in the Championship.