Sunderland are facing a huge season in their history.
After missing out on promotion last term the Black Cats will be looking to secure a return to the Championship at the fourth time of asking.
This summer has a different feel about it, however, with Lee Johnson enjoying his first summer as head coach of the club.
Johnson is looking to bring in some fresh faces who can ensure that the club get themselves over the line and that means bringing in some experienced players to compliment the club’s talented young starlets.
So who could join the club? Here are two free agents who should be on Sunderland’s radar.
The winger looks set for a big summer after leaving Middlesbrough at the end of last season.
Johnson contributed 10 goal involvements for Neil Warnock’s side in the Championship last term but after leaving the club he’ll be looking for a new challenge where he can establish himself as a key player.
Dropping down to League One will be a consideration, but given Johnson’s versatility it’s certainly a move that should appeal to the Black Cats.
A player who is well-known by Sunderland boss Lee Johnson.
Paterson spent five years with Bristol City and proved himself as a truly reliable outlet for the Robins after becoming one of their most versatile attacking threats.
He might be training with Middlesbrough, but the lure of playing for Johnson could be very appealing for someone who is looking for regular first team football.