With just a few days remaining in the transfer window, clubs up and down the country are working on getting their final few bits of business done, and Sunderland are no different.
The Black Cats have made an encouraging start to what is now a third-straight season in League One, although they may still need to add to side before the window closes if they are to finally secure a return to the Championship.
One potential candidate to help boost their recruitment drive is Rotherham United defender Curtis Tilt, who has recently been linked with a move to Sunderland by reports from The Northern Echo.
So could we see Tilt at The Stadium of Light in the coming campaign? Here, we take a look at the possibility of that happening.
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It is thought that a defender is high up on Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson’s wishlist for what remains of the summer transfer window, so a move for Tilt could certainly make sense.
With defenders Morgan Feeney and Arbenit Xhmajli both facing extended spells on the sidelines through injury, Sunderland could benefit from bringing in some cover in the centre of their defence.
Tilt is someone who could offer that, and the centre back has so far made just a single appearance for Rotherham since joining the club from Blackpool back in January.
However, it seems as though the Black Cats could yet face competition in their pursuit of Tilt, with Wigan having also been linked with a move for the centre back, who has apparently already seen a move back to Blackpool fall through.
Is it likely to happen?
You wouldn’t be too surprised to see Tilt at The Stadium of Light in the next few days, especially given the need Phil Parkinson’s side have for an extra defender.
Having struggled to break into the Paul Warne’s side ever since his arrival at the club, Tilt could well be open to such a move, since he is likely to want to get back to playing regular first-team football as soon as possible.
With that in mind, you could also see Rotherham being willing to let him go, since they are unlikely to miss him from a footballing perspective, and may well welcome the additional space in their budget, not least in the current circumstance.
Furthermore, Sunderland should also be confident of holding of that interest from Wigan in the race for Tilt.
Considering the struggles the north west club have endured with regards to finances recently, you would imagine Sunderland are in a position to offer a better deal to Rotherham and Tilt than there League One rivals – while also looking like a stronger candidate for promotion – making them a more appealing prospect for the both the club and player.
But with three years remaining on Tilt’s contract at The New York Stadium, it may still have to be a decent offer from the Black Cats, if they are to convince Rotherham to part with him permanently.