Sunderland are returning to the Championship for the 2022/23 campaign and ahead of it, they look set to bring in some new faces.
Alex Neil guided Sunderland to promotion from League One last season and fans have high hopes that they’ll never have to see their side playing in the third tier again.
But if the Black Cats are to establish themselves in the second tier then they must bring in some reinforcements this summer, with several names already being linked with a summer move to Wearside.
Two of those names are Nathan Broadhead and Jack Clarke.
The duo spent last season on loan with Sunderland and both played their part in the club’s eventual promotion, with Broadhead in particular proving to be a hit among fans.
And a recent report from The Northern Echo says that Sunderland have held talks with both players’ parent clubs regarding another summer move.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa youngster Cameron Archer is reportedly on Sunderland’s transfer radar.
Reporter Tom Collomosse recently revealed that Sunderland are among the growing number of Championship clubs keen on the youngster, who scored seven gols in 20 league appearances on loan at Preston during the second half of last season.
Villa/Cameron Archer: lots of loan interest (also Watford/Sunderland) but as it stands would expect him to go on tour to Oz. One thing that could change that is v big offer to sign him permanently – but who would have the cash? #avfc
— Tom Collomosse (@TomCollomosse) June 15, 2022
But whilst Sunderland are being linked with some exciting youngsters, the experienced head of Robbie Brady is also being mentioned.
TEAMtalk say that the Bournemouth man – who is out of contract at the end of this month – has interest from right across te Championship, with the Black Cats supposedly in the mix.
Brady, 30, joined the Cherries ahead of the second half of last season but only managed six Championship appearances for the club owing to injury.
But Bournemouth boss Scott Parker remained a fan of his, saying earlier this year:
“Robbie has been probably one of the most frustrated out of everyone really. It’s been very stop-start. It’s been niggly for Rob, so he’s pleased to be back.
“We need to try and keep him back now, keep him ticking along, because he’s got big quality, big experience as well and he could help us for the run-in.”
Lastly, Sunderland are keen on AFC Wimbledon’s Jack Rudoni.
The Black Cats, as well as Bristol City and Huddersfield Town, have all had seven-figure bids for Rudoni rejected this month, but a recent report from Daily Mail says that Sunderland and Huddersfield will continue talks with the youngster.
Rudoni scored 12 goals and assisted five in League One last season.
There’s some potentially exciting signings on the horizon for Sunderland then. Neil certainly needs some new faces to come through the door this summer, sooner rather than later, so that he can get to work on building a squad capable of competing in the Championship.