The Premier League season may only be two weeks old, but Sunderland fans in the Football Transfer Tavern agree there is already a sense of desperation surrounding the club.
The Black Cats have endured a nightmare start to the campaign, losing opening games to Leicester and Norwich City – conceding seven goals in the process.
One punter reckons Dick Advocaat is under the most pressure of any Premier League manager to add reinforcements before the close of the transfer window, with Sunderland everybody’s early season favourites for relegation.
The fans may well get a boost if reports from the Daily Mail turn out to be true, with the publication claiming Sunderland are keen on signing former Swansea City star and Dutch international Jonathan De Guzman.
Sunderland are understood to have met with officials from Napoli on Wednesday to discuss the prospect of the 27-year-old moving to the Stadium of Light on a season long loan with a view to a permanent £3.5million transfer.
De Guzman impressed during his time at Swansea, with his ability from set pieces something that could prove particularly vital in what is already looking an uphill battle for the Black Cats to avoid the drop.