Sunderland have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, according to the Evening Standard.
Phil Parkinson, who guided the Wearsiders to an eighth-placed finish last term, is under increasing pressure to turn around the club’s fortunes next season and gain promotion to the Championship.
A potential replacement for McLaughlin had been Wolves and former Aston Villa stopper Matija Sarkic, who has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light of late.
However, it is now being reported that Baxter could sign on loan instead, with the Evening Standard claiming that Sunderland have joined Championship duo Birmingham City and Derby County with interest in the 21-year-old.
The report added that Blues manager Frank Lampard is keen for Baxter to leave on loan to either a Championship or League One club after having spells with the likes of Ross County, Yeovil Town, Woking and Solihull Moors in the past.
Another ‘keeper target reported of late for Sunderland is Remi Matthews, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Bolton Wanderers.
It seems that Sunderland have a good shortlist of potential new ‘keepers but it remains to be seen who they will target first.
Sarkic has been a long-term target and, despite fresh interest in Baxter, the Wolves goalkeeper may still be the Wearsiders’ main target, given that he has been on the radar for some time.
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