Sunderland are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a summer swoop for West Brom midfielder James Morrison.
It was recently reported that the 29-year-old was looking for a fresh challenge when his current contract expires at the end of June and he had been linked with a move to former club Middlesbrough following their return to the Premier League.
However, it was then claimed that Morrison, who has spent nine years at The Hawthorns and has made 275 appearances, was discussing the possibility of staying put beyond this summer as Albion boss Tony Pulis wants to keep him on board.
But with no Baggies deal agreed and a possible switch back to Boro still only speculation, it appears Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will look to offer the player an alternative return to the North-East.
‘Big Sam’ is keen to add some goals into his midfield to ease the burden on top-scorer Jermain Defoe looking forward to next season as he attempts to avoid yet another relegation scrap at the Stadium of Light.
Reports on Wearside also suggest Morrison’s ability to play out wide or in a central midfield role is another attraction for Allardyce.