After the signing of Javier Manquillo, Sunderland still need a few more signings to complete their squad. We look at some of the candidates.
Scott Hogan (Brentford)
Reports have linked David Moyes with a £10 million swoop for the Brentford striker, who missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury. Despite this, he returned to the squad in March and, although he wasn't able to play a full 90 minutes, chipped in to the Bees' promotion bid with seven goals in 171 minutes of football. He's been able to complete all five of Brentford's fixtures so far this season, but has only managed one goal, a winner at home to Nottingham Forest.
The striker's fine end to last season has drawn the interest of a number of top flight clubs, with newly promoted Hull and champions Leicester also rumoured to be in the hunt for Hogan's signature. Signing him, especially for such a high price, would undoubtedly be a gamble. After coming through Rochdale's academy, Hogan bounced around non-league for a few years, with spells at places as exotic as Stocksbridge and Ashton United. He has yet to complete a full season at any decent level of football, and there would be concerns over his previous injuries. Don't count on Hogan being the next Jamie Vardy.
Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG)
After an acrimonious exit from the Stadium of Light, Gyan's career has been on a downhill trajectory. Finding himself unwanted by Emirati club Al-Ain, Gyan ended up in the Chinese Super League where he failed to impress at Shanghai SIPG. He only made ten league appearances in 15/16, completing just two games, and contributing a mere three goals. In a league low on serious quality, Gyan should be embarrassed by the club management's recent decision to drop him into the reserves.
Now, rumours originating in Ghanaian sports media have tipped the striker with a shock return to Sunderland on a deal that would initially be for a season-long loan. If this deal goes through, Sunderland fans will be wary of the striker's past contempt for the club. No matter what he says, the only reason he went off to the UAE in the first place was to chase a cushy life with relatively little work. There is no doubt that, if he can show the kind of form that he was in five years ago, he would seriously bolster our attacking options, but there's be serious doubts over whether he has the commitment to do so.
Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest)
The Sun have linked Sunderland with a bid of £8 million for the Nottingham Forest winger, who has scored three goals in four league appearances so far this season. Burke broke through into the Forest squad last season, and the 19-year-old has had an even more prolific impact at the beginning of this campaign under the new management of Philippe Montanier at the City Ground. A number of Premier League clubs are reported to have interest in the player, including Spurs and Arsenal, but Sunderland are supposedly the first to make a bid.
We need players who would make an instant impact in our threadbare squad. Burke may have fantastic potential, but it's hard to see a 19-year-old from the Championship coming into the Premier League and making immediate waves. It's good that David Moyes is thinking of the future, but we need to make sure our squad can get us through this season first.