Sunderland are interested in signing Tom Naylor from Burton Albion this summer, reports the Sunderland Echo, with the versatile defender out of contract.
Naylor has been offered a new deal by the Brewers following their relegation, alongside the Black Cats, from the Championship this season but is considering his options.
The 26-year-old is generally considered a centre-back, but can also play in midfield and has even popped up at right-back over the past 12 months.
This versatility could be appealing to new manager at the Stadium of Light, Jack Ross, who is expected to oversee a high turnover of players before next term as he prepares to try and take the Wearsiders out of League One at the first attempt.
The signing of Naylor could be in preparation for the expected departure of Paddy McNair, who can also play in either central defence of midfield.
McNair has been the subject of a rejected £3.5million bid from Brighton and Hove Albion and a £3.75million offer from an unnamed London club, which was also turned down.
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