With Roker Report claiming that Sunderland have had a bid accepted for an "unnamed Championship midfielder", it hasn't taken long for the rumour mill to grind into action and suggest a name or two.
Presently topping that list of potential players is Derby County's Jacob Butterfield. The former Middlesbrough midfielder has been with the Rams for three years but has found his appearances limited in recent times.
The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and made 18 appearances in the Championship. Butterfield was an unused substitute when the Owls visited the Stadium of Light in April. His form was patchy at best at Hillsbrough and reinventing himself at Sunderland could be a decent career option.
Butterfield had a run out for the Rams over the weekend in a pre-season game against Notts County yesterday. Booed loudly every time he touched the ball, Derby fans have taken exception to some alleged slight when he departed for Sheffield last season. Butterfield had dared to suggest he didn't like the style of play employed by former boss Gary Rowett.
Butterfield turned out for Middlesbrough for a season in 2013-14 when they finished 12th in the second tier. A hard-working midfielder, his game is built on linking defence with attack. The Bradford-born player would come with a creative flair and he has played plenty of Championship football during his decade as a pro.
He emerged from the Barnsley academy as a youngster and made over 80 appearances for the Tykes before signing for Norwich in 2012. Butterfield found his chances limited at Carrow Road and loan spells at Bolton and Crystal Palace followed before he signed for 'Boro.
All of this could be utter nonsense of course. There was one of those "Sunderland should sign x" articles the other week which proposed that Butterfield would fit in nicely at the Stadium of Light. Certainly the Black Cats are in need of reinforcements in midfield as demonstrated by yesterday's laboured draw against Non-League Hartlepool.
With Lee Cattermole continuing his poor form from last season, and potentially heading for the exit door, Sunderland are in need of central midfielders. Darron Gibson was another to have departed Wearside recently after his contract was terminated following a conviction for drink driving.