Sunderland are reportedly in transfer talks with Manchester United as manager Dick Advocaat looks to add three new players to his squad for the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
According to the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats boss wants to secure a season-long loan move for Adnan Januzaj, as well as signing Leroy Fer and Yann M’Vila on similar deals.
The Echo claim that Sunderland are on the verge of completing moves for Rubin Kazan defensive midfielder M’Vila and QPR star Fer, but talks regarding Januzaj are at a fairly early stage.
Sunderland have already been busy in the transfer market this summer, signing Sebastian Coates from Liverpool, Adam Matthews from Celtic, Jeremain Lens from Dynamo Kyiv and Younes Kaboul from Tottenham Hotspur.
Of those four new signings, Lens is the only player who can be relied up to contribute in an attacking sense.
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Relegated Burnley were the only Premier League team who scored fewer goals than the Black Cats last season, so the Wearsiders, who hit the net just 31 times in 38 games, are in real need of an offensive spark.
Januzaj certainly has the ability to provide that spark. Furthermore, the pacy and tricky 20-year-old is likely to be very hungry for game time and eager to impress after making just seven league starts for United last term.
Getting one of Belgium’s most exciting wonderkids for a season would be fantastic business for Sunderland, but it could also work out very well for United.
Some of United’s all-time greats gained valuable experience on domestic loans before establishing themselves as first-team regulars at Old Trafford. For example, club legend David Beckham turned out for Preston North End in 1995.
Sunderland should feel confident that they will be towards the front of the queue, should United agree to let Januzaj leave on a short-term basis.
The two clubs appear to have a good relationship. United have loaned out several players, including Danny Welbeck and Jonny Evans, to the Stadium of Light in recent years.
Januzaj, who has been capped five times by Belgium at senior international level, has scored just four league goals so far in his United career. Two of those goals, including the strike in the video below, came against Sunderland in a 2-1 win for David Moyes’s side in October 2013.
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