Sunderland must hijack West Brom’s bid to sign free agent Wes Hoolahan

According to reports in the Eastern Daily Press, West Bromwich are at the front of the queue to snap up free agent Wes Hoolahan as he is currently training with the west Midlands outfit, and Sunderland must do everything to hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 36-year-old is available for nothing following his release by Norwich City at the expiry of his contract in June, but despite being gradually phased out by Canaries boss Daniel Farke last term and having not found a new club in time for the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the Eastern Daily Press report he is on trial at the Hawthorns.

Darren Moore’s men have had a decent enough beginning to the season but perhaps would have expected to have been a little higher than ninth in the standings at this stage given the quality they have available to them.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are another team that has started well in a new division as they lie in fourth position in the League One table, but Jack Ross may well want to further strengthen his squad – especially if Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong are sacked.

Why should Sunderland sign Hoolahan?

While they have scored an impressive 13 goals in six League One fixtures so far this term, you can never have enough quality or experience in the final third of the pitch, and there is no doubt that Hoolahan has both of those things in abundance.

While the 36-year-old often found regular first-team minutes hard to come by at Norwich last season, he did show the quality he still has in his locker with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win against Leeds United at Carrow Road in April.

His versatility means that he could provide some competition for the likes of Lynden Gooch and Max Power in wide and central areas, and he could make the latter an even more effective player for Sunderland both this season and beyond.