Sunderland are in talks with AFC Wimbledon’s Lyle Taylor and Bury’s Chris Maguire according to a report from the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats are facing a season in Sky Bet League One following an utterly dismal year and new head coach Jack Ross is looking to bring in talent that is experienced at this level. This is to try and have a team of committed players and not ones riding on their reputations as what happened last year when Sunderland utterly flopped following their relegation from the Premier League. And the two players they are looking to sign have performed very well in League One.

Taylor has been a proven goal scorer for Wimbledon over the last few years, helping to fire them into League One and then continuing his exploits in that division. He is actually the Dons highest ever scorer in the Football League with 44 goals though that does not include scorers from the old Wimbledon before they were moved and became MK Dons. He has also competed for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United and Falkirk.

But Taylor isn’t the only man Sunderland are hoping to bring to the club in the near future. They are also looking to sign Maguire. He plays for Bury but struggled last year and was unable to stop them being relegated to Sky Bet League Two. But he was a cult hero at Oxford United before that and would hope to replicate that form should he move to Sunderland. He has also done well for Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in the past.

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