Sunderland are paying attention to Nottingham Forest’s Liam Bridcutt and could make a loan move this month, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The midfielder spent the first half of the campaign on loan at fellow League One side Bolton but has now returned to the Midlands club.
It is believed that his path to the first-team under Sabri Lamouchi has been blocked and therefore he is available for another loan deal, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Sunderland Echo report that Phil Parkinson is keen to make four additions in the January window, with strikers and midfielders at the top of his list of priorities. Therefore, a swoop is planned for Bridcutt.
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Sunderland have a clear need for a new central midfielder, particularly now they are a player short after allowing Dylan McGeouch to leave for Aberdeen last week.
The Scot may have only started five league games this term but that contributed to a worrying lack of competition which still remains, with Max Power and George Dobson often unchallenged for their places.
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They have made 26 and 25 appearances respectively and the Black Cats have struggled for much of the season, winning just five games under Parkinson. They’ve only really just started finding the form expected of them in the matches since Christmas, in which they are unbeaten.
Dobson has shown some quality with 2.4 tackles per game but Bridcutt’s 3.3 tackles shows the difference between them, while Power needs to urgently improve on his average of 0.6 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game.
Bridcutt spent three years at the Stadium of Light previously without much success, making just 19 league starts. He wasn’t even good enough to get into the side that narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League by two points in 2015/16.
It would be a risk to bring him back, therefore, but his 1.1 dribbles and 4.2 long passes per game for a struggling Trotters team indicate he could improve Sunderland, and allow Parkinson to drop Power, who’s unpopularity had been increasing.
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