Sunderland are eyeing-up an ambitious swoop on Nottingham Forest to sign outcasts Liam Bridcutt and Zach Clough.
According to the Sunderland Echo, boss Phil Parkinson is considering signing the duo to bolster his ranks.
The Black Cats added Kyle Lafferty to their squad yesterday and the boss is keen to do more recruitment during the window.
Both players have fallen way down the pecking order at the City Ground. Bridcutt spent the first half of the season with Bolton, whilst Clough has featured several times for the club’s under-23 outfit.
The pair will be allowed to leave Forest this month if offers are forthcoming and Sunderland are likely to seek loan deals.
Bridcutt will be no stranger to the Stadium of Light. He spent two years in the North-East but was largely unimpressive and eventually moved to pastures new.
Clough worked with Parkinson during his time at Bolton and is keen to hand the 24-year-old a chance to revive his career.
The attacking midfielder signed for the Reds for £2.5 million (BBC Sport) in 2017 but has seen his career spiral after falling out of favour with several managers.
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Bridcutt is a bit of an enigma around the City Ground. Many supporters can’t really understand why he has been frozen out so badly given his quality.
Forest are flying this season, however, so him getting back in the fold is simply out of the question.
He was fantastic for Bolton during the first half of the season and another loan move makes sense.
For Clough, he really is approaching a crossroads during his career. Despite only being 24, it is that long since he played football that teams seem reluctant to take a chance on him.
The chance to play under a manager who has fancied him in the past might be a good thing and could be just the move he needs to rediscover some form.
Neither player is going to get a look in at Forest this season and getting both of them off the wage bill for six months would be perfect.