Jimmy Dunne is unbeaten in 10 League One games for Sunderland but was left out when Walsall came to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Premier League outfit Newcastle United are all reportedly keen to sign Hartlepool starlet Josh Hawkes.
Sunderland allowed Andrew Nelson to join Dundee in January.
Sunderland reportedly wanted Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes in 2017.
Ethan Robson did make a League One appearance for Sunderland in the first half of the season but he's starting to impress in the Scottish Premiership.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has only played twice for Sunderland so far.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross has commented on Jack Baldwin's display.
Will Grigg has scored just one goal in eight League One games after joining Jack Ross's Sunderland from Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.
Jack Ross's Sunderland were held to a goalless draw away at League One promotion rivals Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday night.
Luke Molyneux made two League One appearances under Jack Ross for Sunderland before moving to National League outfit Hartlepool United on loan.