Sunderland are reportedly keen to sign a new central defender before the window for domestic transfers closes on Friday.
The Black Cats have made six new signings so far in the summer window as they face their third consecutive season in League One.
EFL clubs have until 5pm on Friday to do deals with other English clubs and a fresh update has emerged on Sunderland’s plans before that deadline.
According to Keith Downie from Sky Sports, the North East club are keen to sign a new centre-back before the window for domestic deals closes later this week.
It is understood, however, that the League One outfit are operating under strict financial rules and parameters.
Sunderland have already signed three new central defenders this summer in Bailey Wright, Morgan Feeney, and Arbenit Xhemajli, but the latter two players are currently sidelined due to injury.
Jordan Willis is also suffering from a slight injury issue, while Tom Flanagan is set to miss the weekend’s game against Swindon Town due to suspension.
That leaves Brandon Taylor, Conor McLaughlin and Wright as the only options in Phil Parkinson’s senior squad, with the Black Cats boss favouring three at the back so far this term.
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This makes a lot of sense from a Sunderland perspective and will likely be a relief for the Stadium of Light faithful.
The Black Cats have been unfortunate with injury issues to defenders this term so as they look to mount a serious promotion push, adding a little more cover seems a smart decision.
That said, landing another centre-back is likely to leave Parkinson over-stocked at the position once they’re all fit.
Even so, you feel it’s worth the North East club bringing in one more before the deadline.