According to The Sunderland Echo, The Black Cats are plotting a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter.
Leadbitter spent seven seasons with Sunderland at the beginning of the millennium, playing over 100 games for The Black Cats. This, therefore, would be an emotional return for the player back at his boyhood club.
Now at the age of 33, Leadbitter will not be a signing for the future- far from it. But he may be a player to bring in to help Sunderland get over the line in League One and earn promotion back to the Championship.
Leadbitter has earned two promotions from the Championship to the Premier League in his career, with Sunderland and Middlesbrough; to earn promotion again with The Black Cats would mean a huge amount to him. Furthermore, this kind of experience would be immensely beneficial to manager Jack Ross, and he may help to pep up a team that have been low on confidence for two years now.
Leadbitter has primarily been a Premier League and Championship player throughout his career, meaning he will undoubtedly bring a desirable skill set to the Stadium of Light, one would likely be one of the better players in the league.
As playing time has been at a premium with Boro this season, Leadbitter will surely want more playing time in the twilight of his career. With John Obi Mikel on the cusp of joining Boro (at the time of writing), that will only further reduce Leadbitter’s chances of playing this season. This would be a dream move for both the player and Sunderland.