According to The Chronicle Live, Sunderland are planning on signing Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne for the rest of the season.
The 21-year-old former Man United academy player will be brought in to provide cover for centre-backs Tom Flanagan and Jack Baldwin.
Baldwin has featured in every league game so far this season, while Flanagan has featured in 17. Manager Jack Ross has been heavily dependant on them and will be wanting a new face to keep The Black Cats fresh as they pursue promotion back to the Championship.
Dunne spent the first half of the season in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts, where he looked very impressive before an injury cut his stay at Tynecastle Park short. If he can replicate that form, he will be a huge asset in the northeast of England for the remainder of the season.
What is more beneficial is that Dunne was a member of the Accrington Stanley team that secured promotion from League Two last season. Ross will want players with that sort of experience in his squad if Sunderland are to bounce back up to the Championship.
Dunne could be the catalyst to ensure that Sunderland say goodbye to League One forever, and while it would only be a short-term solution, that is all Sunderland will need to make sure that they have a very bright future. Currently third in the league, The Black Cats are teetering on the automatic promotion places, Dunne may well be the man to tip them over the edge.
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