With the transfer window set to slam shut in a little over 12 hours, the names being linked to Sunderland this morning - both in the media and whispers emerging from elsewhere - seem to suggest the club have embarked on a last minute trawl around previous targets.
Bournemouth’s Marc Wilson is a name which has cropped up more than once in the last 24 hours, as is Liverpool’s Ryan Kent. Sunderland remain credited with interest in Ross McCormack though suggestions from the infamous Sky sources this morning indicate the 31-year-old striker may yet remain at Villa Park.
Central defender Marc Wilson was linked with a move to the Stadium of Light at around the same time as the Black Cats landed forward Lewis Grabban on loan.
The Republic of Ireland international has been told he is free to leave Bournemouth with Hull and West Brom suggested as likely destinations during the last few weeks - but on the south coast he has remained and Sunderland may be able to swoop in should the 30-year-old fail to land a move elsewhere.
Wilson would be a cracking addition for a Black Cats defence in need of reinforcements with the imminent departure of Papy Djilobodji back to France on loan and a potential exit for Lamine Kone. Young understudy, Michael Ledger, has already departed for Hartlepool for the season.
Anfield youngster Ryan Kent is in demand with various Championship clubs said to be keen to secure his services.
A winger by trade, Sunderland were linked with Kent back in July.
The 20-year-old recently signed a new long term deal at Liverpool after an impressive pre-season campaign featuring in the first team.
Jurgen Klopp is thought to be keen to still send the midfielder - who was at Barnsley last season - out on loan again this term and Kent’s name has been mentioned specifically as a target for Simon Grayson this morning.
The Sun’s Alan Nixon claims Sunderland have been knocked back in a loan bid for Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes whilst the Black Cats prolonged negotiations for Villa’s unwanted duo, striker Ross McCormack and defender Tommy Elphick, may have resulted in Steve Bruce’s outfit ending talks which seem to have progressed little.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s young defender Toisin Adarabioyo is a name which has cropped up as a potential loan but little concrete appears to have progressed as yet. The 20-year-old’s name is not one which has appeared on our radar beyond paper talk as yet.
The Etihad departure lounge tends to take a while to clear as the transfer deadline approaches so progress on that one - if Adarabioyo is a target - may well be later on tonight.
As at this morning, Sunderland’s apparent frantic attempts at last minute brinksmanship in order to bag a bargain is strategy fraught with risk. One or two might come off.