Sunderland are reportedly interested in a deal to sign experienced defender Eric Lichaj, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Lichaj has most recently been with Turkish side Fatih Karagümrük, but left the club when his contract reached a conclusion at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The 32-year-old would be no stranger to English football, with Lichaj previously playing his football for both Nottingham Forest and Hull City earlier in his career.
Lichaj spent five years with the Reds at the City Ground, before moving to Hull City in 2018, where he went on to make 70 appearances for the club, before departing when they were relegated into League One in 2020.
Sunderland will be looking to win promotion into the Championship this term, after missing out on achieving that in the 2020/21 season, as they were beaten by Lincoln City in their play-off semi-final on aggregate.
We take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser at Sunderland if they can secure an agreement to land Lichaj’s signature ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Winner: Lee Johnson
The Sunderland boss would be the winner from any potential agreement for Lichaj this summer, as it would give him additional strength in depth in his defence.
Dion Sanderson has returned to Wolves, and so they are slightly light on options at full-back ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, and so a move for Lichaj makes perfect sense.
Lichaj has experience of playing in English football, so there wouldn’t be too many concerns as to whether he’d be able to adjust to the physical demands at this level.
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Flanagan could find himself being the loser from any potential agreement to bring Lichaj to the Stadium of Light.
The 29-year-old has been with Sunderland since 2018, and has made 87 appearances in total for the Black Cats over the years, including 23 in the 2020/21 season.
Flanagan can operate at both centre-back and full-back if required, and would surely be pushed further down the pecking order in Lee Johnson’s plans heading into the new League One season.
Flanagan only has one year remaining on his contract with Sunderland, and he’ll be hoping he can be given an opportunity to impress this term.