Sunderland are interested in Burton Albion midfielder Tom Naylor, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the month meaning he can leave Burton on a free transfer. He has been offered a new deal by the Brewers but is weighing up his options.
Naylor is now attracting interest from fellow League One side Sunderland and could make the switch to the Stadium Of Light. The Black Cats boss, Jack Ross, is expected to be a busy man this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of an immediate promotion back to the Championship.
Naylor has been promoted from League One before with Burton so this experience would be handy for Sunderland. He is also very versatile and would provide some good options for Ross.
He started his career at Mansfield Town and broke into their first-team after loan spells at Belper Town and Alfreton Town. He was snapped up by Derby County in January 2012 but struggled to get into the team. Instead, Naylor gained playing time on loan at Bradford City, Grimsby Town, Newport County, Cambridge United and Burton.
He helped Burton win the League Two title in 2015 whilst on loan from Derby and the Brewers then signed Naylor on a permanent deal after he was released by the Rams. He then was part of their promotion season to the Championship in 2016 and has been a key player for them ever since.