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Opinion: Yet another welcome face could play a big part in Jack Ross’ rebuild of Sunderland

According to the Chronicle, Reece James is set to join Sunderland on a free transfer in the coming days.

The left back, released by Wigan after three seasons with the club, will become the Black Cat’s fifth acquisition of a busy summer so far.

Sunderland are enduring a hectic transfer window as the club prepares itself for life down in League One, following successive relegations after a decade in the top flight. James had a difficult time with injuries during his spell with the Latics, but if he can remain fit then he’ll add quality to the defence on Wearside. 

Sunderland will need James to stay fit. They are already operating with a thin squad having instigated an exodus over this summer which has already seen highly paid and underperforming stars such as Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens depart the club.

A few of the Black Cats’ more bankable stars, such as Fabio Borini and Paddy McNair have also been sold on. 

James will be joining a new look Sunderland back line this season as McNair’s exit was followed by the release of long-serving right-back Billy Jones and ex-Manchester United man, John O’Shea. 

Fellow free transfer arrivals Tom Flanagan and Alim Ozturk will be joining Reece James in this rebuilt defensive unit. 

New Sunderland manager Jack Ross has quickly set about his mammoth of rebuilding this fallen giant of a club. Time will tell if his transfer acumen is up to the task.

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