Sunderland want to sign Burnley striker Jonathan Walters on loan, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The Championship strugglers want to bring the forward in on loan for the rest of the season and with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

The 34 year-old joined Premier League side Burnley in the summer from Stoke City but has only played five games for them, with three coming in the league. He could be set to leave them this January as he looks for more game time.

Sunderland look a likely destination for him. The Black Cats are currently in the relegation zone and are in desperate need of some reinforcements in this January. Chris Coleman has already signed Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter on loan and wants to add to that.

Walters is a vastly experienced pro and has racked up 569 career appearances to date. His experience would be crucial for Sunderland in their relegation battle and he would be a decent coup for them if they can pull it off.

He started his career with Blackburn Rovers before spells with Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra, Barnsley, Hull City, Wrexham, Chester and Ipswich Town. He joined Stoke in 2010 and spent seven years with the Potters and hit a peak in his later years. He has also made 51 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Walters is a top professional and it would be great to see him back playing in the Championship. Sunderland may have to act fast as there could be more interest in him.


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