Sunderland are one of a number of Football League clubs interested in signing AFC Wimbledon left-back Paul Osew this month, a report from The Telegraph has claimed.
The Black Cats are in need of some cover on the left-hand side of their defence, with Denver Hume seemingly still set to be on the sidelines for some time through injury.
Now however, it seems as though that could be set to find someone to fill that role, in the form of Osew.
According to this report, Wimbledon could look to loan Osew out this month, as he looks to rebuild his match fitness, having only played in the Football League Trophy this season due to injury.
It is thought that Sunderland, Championship strugglers Wycombe and League Two side Salford are all interested in a move for the 20-year-old.
A graduate of Wimbledon’s academy, Osew has made a total of 26 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring on two occasions.
This is an interesting one for Sunderland to consider.
With Hume seemingly set to be out for some time yet, you can understand why they would be keen to add some cover at left-back in what remains of the window.
Osew would obviously provide them with that cover, but given his own lack of game time recently, you do feel as though it could be a risk for them to turn to him to fill that role, since he may not be fully match fit himself.
That is something that could then leave him, and Sunderland exposed if it proves to be the case, which could be costly in the promotion battle, meaning the Black Cats will have to be sure this is the right signing for them, before making their move for Osew.