So far in this current window, the Black Cats have brought in players such as Ellis Simms, Daniel Ballard and Aji Alese.
With the Wearside club now having played four of their 46 league games for this campaign, one figure in Alex Neil’s squad that hasn’t been particularly involved so far is Jack Diamond.
Despite playing the full 90 minutes of Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, the attacker has only played four minutes of league action, which came during their recent defeat against Sheffield United.
Neil previously said that players who won’t get enough game time may be loaned out when asked about Diamond, and perhaps a move away would be ideal.
Indeed, a signing that could facilitate such an exit is that of Manchester City winger Marlos Moreno, with the Mackems-linked player potentially having the ability to push the 22-year-old through the exit door.
Since becoming a City player back in 2016, the flanker has completed numerous loan spells away from the Manchester club with sides in countries such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium and Portugal.
With 189 club appearances to his name, the Colombian has 20 goals and 20 assists under his belt.
After joining the Citizens, the club’s director, Txiki Begiristain had this to say about the player.
“Marlos is an excellent prospect who has already broken into his national team. He’s a versatile player, still learning, but we believe he has a fantastic future in the game and with City. He makes and scores goals and is an intelligent footballer, we’re delighted to have signed him.”
Now that the 25-year-old has a wealth of experience to his name playing for a range of sides away from City, he may well fancy finally finding a permanent home and he could find that with the Black Cats.
It’s certainly a move that would suit all parties with Sunderland in need of adding further bodies and Moreno potentially seeking regular football.
Having played for so many different sides, he is clearly adaptable to different conditions, while his experience and clear knack for scoring and assisting goals could make him a more reliable option for Neil rather than Diamond.
The latter has enjoyed loan spells of his own but ultimately lacks the quality to make himself a true option for Neil, especially at Championship level. After all, he has only ever found the net twice at senior level for his current employers. As such, the Sunderland boss could unearth a more threatening option in the final third.
Moving forward, with Neil keen on new additions before the window closes, getting Morelos in to bolster the attacking strength in the squad could be an ideal way for them to kick off what could be a flurry of late transfer business for the Black Cats.