Three reasons Leeds United must hijack Sunderland’s bid to sign Jon Walters

According to reports in The Sun, Sunderland are in talks to sign out of favour Burnley striker Jon Walters to on loan before the transfer window slams shut on January 31.

The Mackems are keen to bring the experienced 34-year-old to the Stadium of Light to boost their fight for survival in the Championship following a disappointing campaign to date.

The Sun says that Black Cats boss Chris Coleman is negotiating a loan deal that could see the Republic of Ireland international join them on a temporary basis and then permanently in the summer, with the former Stoke City attacker struggling for first-team football at Turf Moor in recent weeks following an injury-hit season – he played just nine minutes in four Premier League matches since his return from a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Leeds United find themselves fighting at the opposite end of the Championship as they look to finally return to the Premier League for the first time since they were relegated in 2004, but manager Thomas Christiansen may well be keen to strengthen his squad this month.

One of his priorities could be to add a new attacker to his side, and bringing Walters to Elland Road could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Leeds must hijack Sunderland’s bid to sign the veteran forward…