Sunderland fans have not enjoyed their first season in the second tier, with the club firmly rooted to the bottom of the table following an abysmal campaign so far.
The arrival of former Wales boss Chris Coleman installed new belief amongst beleaguered fans at The Stadium of Light, but so far the new manager has failed to guide his side away from danger. The January transfer window is huge for the Black Cats, and with fans desperate for news whilst sipping their pints here in The Transfer Tavern, The Sun reported that Coleman had entered talks with Burnley over a potential loan move for striker, Jon Walters.
The 34-year-old has struggled for minutes with the Clarets since his summer switch from Stoke City, and could be keen on the move to the north east in order to extend his playing career. Sunderland are on the lookout for new attacking options having seen top scorer Lewis Grabban return to parent club Bournemouth this month, and Walters could be the answer to the club’s desperate prayers.
Landlord’s Verdict: Sunderland are in a desperate situation, and Chris Coleman has it all to do if he is to save the club from consecutive relegations this season. The drop from the Premier League was a long time coming, but falling into the third tier could be a real death toll for this once great club.
The capture of Walters would certainly be a step in the right direction, with the experienced Irish striker certainly a player who could make a difference at The Stadium of Light. Should Coleman pull this deal off, he can expect Walters to deliver the goals, but will also need to acquire a suitable strike partner for the player in the coming weeks.
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