Sunderland wull use their full domestic loan quota this season, amid interest in Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson.
Reports over the weekend indicated Sunderland had made a £2million bid to take full-back Jenkinson on a season-long loan from the Gunners, while covering all of the 23-year-old’s wages for the duration of a potential stint at the Stadium of Light.
Jenkinson enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham last season and the
Hammers are keen to re-sign the England Under-21 international, but Sunderland appear to have made the early running for the ex-Charlton man.
Certainly, Jenkinson is a player who Sunderland have held an interest in previously, and the Black Cats are now in the market for at least one new full-back after the release of out-of-contract ex-France international Anthony Reveillere.
But even if Sunderland can beat off the competition for Jenkinson, the right-back is unlikely to be the only player arriving on loan from a Premier League rival.
Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford was on Sunderland’s radar ahead of the January transfer window before his loan spell at Championship Middlesbrough was extended.
The 21-year-old is expected to head out on loan again this summer, but this time to one of Chelsea’s Premier League peers, with the Black Cats among a host of top flight clubs keeping tabs on the situation.
Sunderland also made an enquiry for teenage Manchester United striker James Wilson in January after the 19-year-old’s breakthrough into the first-team picture under Louis van Gaal.
Wilson is out-of-contract this summer, but is expected to agree fresh terms with United and could be sent out on loan to broaden his first-team experience.
Sunderland do intend to make more of the loan market this season after they used just one of their two permitted domestic loans last season, with Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates.
Dick Advocaat is eager to strengthen his ranks with at least half-a-dozen “quality” signings, but a couple of those are likely to be loans.
Chairman Ellis Short is backing Advocaat financially in a bid to avoid the cycle of scrapes with the relegation zone and the head coach is determined to land players who will immediately improve the starting XI.
But Sunderland don’t have a bottomless pit of money, with the club enjoying success in the domestic loan market over recent seasons through the likes of Danny Rose, Danny Welbeck, Fabio Borini and Ki Sung-Yueng.