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Five players David Moyes and Sunderland should consider during January transfer window

Monday 30th January 2017
With Sunderland sitting in the relegation zone in the Premier League after only one January addition, we look at five players who may be available to take the Black Cats up the table.

Having already identified five Crystal Palace players, David Moyes' side are close to selling left-back Patrick Van Aanholt to the Eagles, meaning there are funds available to potentially take a gamble on these five players.

Robbie Brady

The Norwich midfielder has been linked with many clubs this January transfer window with Sunderland being one of the clubs supposedly interested in the former Manchester United trainee.

If available, Brady would be an excellent buy. The Republic of Ireland international scored twice during Euro 2016 and has a wonderful left-foot being capable of playing at left-back or left-wing to boost any team's squad.
He's too good for Championship football so will want certainties that Sunderland will remain in the Premier League but with his Canary side hovering outside of the play-off spots, Brady might be eager to make a move now to seek football in England's top tier.

Leonardo Ulloa

The 30-year-old Argentinean handed in a transfer request last week after finding himself experiencing limited game-time at champions Leicester City.

The forward, who is dominant in the air, has only received one league start this season, having played a crucial part last term, scoring six goals in 33 matches.
With only one strike this campaign, Ulloa is desperate to seek a move away from the Foxes and Sunderland could be the perfect destination, especially considering that the Black Cats need a new forward following the long-term injury to Victor Anichebe.

The price probably won't come cheap, but a deal around £8-12m could secure Ulloa at the Stadium of Light.

Jordan Rhodes

The Middlesbrough forward has not set the world alight since his move from Blackburn Rovers in last year's January transfer window, but is still one of the most clinical strikers available in the market.

The Scotland international has been heavily linked with Aston Villa while it's believed Sheffield Wednesday have had a bid rejected for the former Huddersfield striker.

However, Sunderland need a new forward and can give the game time that Rhodes deserves. Having only played six Premier League matches this campaign, the 26-year-old will be desperate to stay in England's highest division but the price will not come cheap.

Zach Clough

If Sunderland want to take a gamble on an upcoming talent, then one player they should definitely take a look at is Bolton's Zach Clough.

The 21-year-old, who is capable of playing just behind the striker or either flank, is one of the Football League's most promising players, having scored nine goals in 29 appearances for Phil Parkinson's men this season.

The wideman netted seven times last campaign in the Championship, showing he is capable of performing well at a higher level.

In addition, he heavily impressed when featuring for Bolton in a 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool in 2015, showcasing his potential of regularly playing Premier League football.

Charlie Taylor

With Van Aanholt close to being out of the door, Sunderland will desperately be searching for a new left-back and that player could be Leeds United's Charlie Taylor.

However, while the 23-year-old full-back is out of contract in the summer, Garry Monk has insisted that he will not be sold during the January transfer window after reportedly rejecting bids from the likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace earlier in the month.

Nevertheless, if Sunderland are still seeking that left-back come Tuesday, they have to make an offer for Leeds and Taylor to strongly consider.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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