Sunderland target Leeds United ace as January business ramps up

Sunderland have been credited with a strong interest in Leeds United and Fleetwood Town defender Lewie Coyle.

The 24-year-old full-back is currently on loan from the Championship side at Joey Barton’s Fleetwood and played against Sunderland on New Year’s Day, the game ending 1-1.

Coyle is on a six-month loan deal at Fleetwood with that arrangement due to end this month.

Sunderland are reported to be keen on bringing him to the Stadium of Light this month, possibly in a cut-price permanent deal with Coyle’s contract at Leeds United due to expire this summer.

Lewie Coyle played against Sunderland on New Year's Day.

Coyle, who has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, is most comfortable at right-back but can also play at left-back and in central midfield.

Parkinson is due to meet with Stewart Donald and the recruitment team on Monday with transfer efforts set to step up this week.