Michael Beale admitted in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Hull City that his side could do with more experience in midfield, particularly in the defensive midfield area.
That position could again be filled by a former Sunderland favourite, with Foot Mercato claiming that Yann M’Vila is a “priority” this month and “discussions have resumed” — the headline boldly stating “Sunderland want Yann M’Vila”.
Do I think they could do with a dedicated number six in behind them, would it help their skillset? Yeah. But at this moment in time, you’re seeing Dan and Pierre adapt their game and that is for sure going to help them in the long run as well.
Just a little bit of grey hair in terms of Corry would help wouldn’t it, just that experience and talking on the pitch. Again, we can find a solution within the building but the nature of it is that when the window is open, we’ll look.
M’Vila himself recently said he would not drop down to the second tier of any league, unless the club interested was Sunderland:
With all the respect I have for Ligue 2, I don’t see myself playing in this championship. There is only one club I would have agreed to return to the lower division for, and that is Sunderland, to help them get back to the Premier League. I had an extraordinary year there.
He also believes he will be able to play almost immediately after signing for a club, saying:
If I find a club tomorrow, you don’t even give me a week and I’m operational.