Sunderland scrabbling to get Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp signed before deadline

Sunderland are hoping to seal deals for Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp before the transfer deadline shuts tonight.

Ashley Fletcher
Ashley Fletcher

A frantic end to the window has seen the Black Cats scrabbling to strengthen in key areas, having seen a couple of deals collapse.

Much could change before the window shuts but the deals would boost Chris Coleman's options for the rest of the season.

He has been desperate to add a goalkeeper and a striker to his ranks but has been frustrated on a number of moves.

Fletcher has struggled for minutes since moving from West Ham in the summer and Tony Pulis could consider a short-term switch. Coleman has been monitoring the striker's availability throughout the month and having seen bids to sign Chris Martin and Swansea City frontman Oli McBurnie fall through, has turned to the 22-year-old.

Fletcher has Championship experience with Middlesbrough and also played 27 times for Barnsley during their rise from League One, scoring nine goals.

Goalkeeper Camp signed for Cardiff City on a free transfer in the summer but suffered an injury and saw Neil Etheridge take the number one shirt.

His arrival should clear the way for Jason Steele to join Derby County on loan.