Sunderland are being linked with a move for Sabah FC defender Bahlul Mustafazade.

The Black Cats could swoop to sign him in the January transfer window, according to a report by the Shields Gazette.

The new Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson is already plotting potential winter recruits and has identified the defence as an area to strengthen.

Stadium of Light. Photo by George Ledger.

His side are currently 7th in League One and are a single point out of the Play-Offs.

Mustafazade, who is 22 years-old, is an Azerbaijan international with four caps under his belt so far in his career. He is being tipped to Europe in the near future and has been also been linked with Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic and Rangers.

The 6ft 1inc centre-back started his career at Gabala and broke into their first team as a youngster. He had a loan spell away at Sumgayit FK before making a permanent switch to Sabah in June.

He could already be on his way from Sabah after just six months though with Sunderland a possible destination.

When asked about his future, Mustafazade said, as per the Shields Gazette: “Now it’s hard for me to say anything about this. My goal is to play abroad. I’ll do what is best for my career. I’ll only think about something else if I get a concrete proposal.”

This is a story for Sunderland fans to keep an eye on this winter.