Sunderland have enjoyed a promising start to life in League One this season however boss Phil Parkinson still wants more new arrivals before Friday’s deadline.
The Black Cats have had a productive summer but they are short in certain positions, with defensive reinforcements seemingly a priority for the boss.
And, Sun reporter Alan Nixon has revealed that the Wearside outfit are keeping tabs on Rotherham centre-back Curtis Tilt, although they will face competition from Wigan for the player.
The 29-year-old is currently with the Millers but he has shone for Blackpool over the years in the third tier and here we assess ONE winner and ONE loser if Tilt did secure a move to the Stadium of Light…
Winner: Curtis Tilt
You’d have to say that the big winner from this deal would be the centre-back making the switch.
Even though Rotherham are in the Championship, he’s highly unlikely to play for Paul Warne, so moving to Sunderland would be terrific for Tilt.
They are a huge club, undoubtedly the biggest he will have played for, and the chance to play a key part in trying to help the club back to the second tier would surely appeal.
Loser: Arbenit Xhemajli
The new signing impressed in pre-season but he already faces a battle to get into the XI.
Firstly, the current side are playing well and the 22-year-old has suffered an injury that will keep him out for a few weeks. If Tilt arrives, he could instantly jump above Xhemajli, who will then have to be very patient before any opportunities come his way.