According to The Mail Online’s transfer column, Sunderland are hoping to sign Derby midfielder Craig Bryson this month.
This comes after The Rams need to trim their squad to comply with Financial Fair Play guidelines, and Bryson looks to be a member of the list of unwanted players.
The Black Cats already have a midfield that manager Jack Ross seems comfortable with, but the club could always do with bolstering their squad. There are 13 clubs in League One with larger squads than Sunderland currently, and for a club that are seeking promotion, they could probably do with some extra additions to prevent fatigue over the course of a long season.
Midfielders like Lee Cattermole, while only 30 years of age, has had quite a long career and may tire as the season continues. The addition of Bryson will just give Ross options to keep Sunderland going until the final day of the season, which, in the way that the season is going currently, is what it may come down to.
What is better for Sunderland is that they would be strengthening their squad with a high quality. Bryson has had some great seasons with Derby over the years, such as his 2013/14 season where he bagged 16 goals from midfield. What is better is that he spent last season on loan at Cardiff, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League.
Sunderland would be adding to their squad with a player with a great pedigree and experience in a promotion battle, which could make the difference at the Stadium of Light this season.
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