Sunderland are guaranteed to make a couple of big splashes in the transfer market and Phil Parkinson is looking at an out-of-favour Championship winger as a potential solution to their goal-scoring woes.
According to Football Insider, the Black Cats are one of three clubs interested in a January loan move for Bristol City’s Hakeeb Adelakun.
Sunderland were interested in the 23-year-old back in summer 2018 when he was available on a free from Scunthorpe but were beaten to the punch by the Robins, who gave him a three-year deal.
However, Adelakun has only made five appearances and has been left off the squad for 72 of Bristol City’s 77 games since his arrival.
Apart from Sunderland, Rotherham and Doncaster Rovers have also reportedly inquired over his availability.
Meanwhile, Phil Parkinson revealed earlier in the week that left-back Laurens De Bock will be recalled by Leeds as the player wants a move back to Belgium for personal reasons.
Denver Hume is now Sunderland’s only recognised left-back, though Parkinson says Luke O’Nien, Conor McLaughlin, or Lynden Gooch could step up in the meantime.
De Bock featured 10 times for Sunderland this term, totaling 730 minutes.