According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, League One side Sunderland are taking a look at free agent centre-back Joel Lynch, who is available on a free transfer after his contract with Queens Park Rangers expired earlier this summer.

Sunderland are looking at the free agent market as Jack Ross hopes to further bolster his ranks before the transfer window slams shut on September 2nd. And, with a centre-back on his shopping list, it is said that the Black Cats are considering a move for Joel Lynch. Journalist Alan Nixon reported the news on Twitter on Thursday evening, saying:

Lynch is available on a free transfer after departing Championship side Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season, with the club opting against extending his deal at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. Lynch trained with Premier League side Sheffield United earlier this summer and could be offered a return to football with Sunderland.

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The 31-year-old defender is vastly experienced at Championship level, having also spent time in League One. Across the course of his career, Lynch has played 396 career matches, with a hefty 308 of those appearances coming in the Championship and 63 coming in the third-tier.

He came through the youth academy at Brighton and Hove Albion and spent four years with the club before making the switch to Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window of 2008. Another four years passed before he made his next move, joining Huddersfield Town at the age of 24. Four years later, Lynch swapped Huddersfield for QPR, where he remained until this summer.

He has also collected one international cap along the way, making his sole appearance for his country in 2012. Now, with Sunderland keen, it awaits to be seen if the club look to bring him in.

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