Swansea eye Sunderland's Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan of Sunderland during a pre-season friendly game between Darlington FC and Sunderland AFC at Blackwell Meadows on July 10, 2018 in Darlington, England.

HITC Sport understands Swansea are tracking Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan.

Tom Flanagan of Sunderland during a Pre-Season friendly match between Hartlepool United and Sunderland AFC at Victoria Park on July 14, 2018 in Hartlepool, England.

Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan is a target for Championship side Swansea City, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Flanagan has impressed at Sunderland since moving to the Stadium of Light in the summer on a free transfer from Burton Albion.

 

The 26-year-old has established himself as a key man in Jack Ross' side and has started the last 13 games for the Black Cats.

Versatile defender Flanagan has formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Jack Baldwin in the side and Sunderland have yet to taste defeat in a game when Flanagan has started.

The Northern Ireland international's impressive displays for Sunderland have not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid with Swansea one of several sides keeping tabs on him.

Tom Flanagan of Sunderland during a Pre-Season friendly match between Hartlepool United and Sunderland AFC at Victoria Park on July 14, 2018 in Hartlepool, England.

Swansea have watched Flanagan in action on several occasions this season as they look at defensive targets to bolster their squad in the January transfer window.

Swansea have struggled in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season, with the Welsh side currently languishing in 13th spot in the table.

Flanagan has 18 months to run on his contract at Sunderland after signing a two-year deal upon his arrival on Wearside and they would be reluctant to lose him following his fine start to life as a Sunderland player.

Tom Flanagan of Sunderland (R) challenges James Coppinger of Doncaster during the Sky Bet League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Sunderland at Keepmoat Stadium on October 23, 2018...

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