Five Players Sunderland Could Look To Sign In January

With the January transfer window fast approaching, the rumour mill is already starting to swirl, with potential names Sunderland maybe interested in. Sunderland will be hoping that any business they conduct in the market will strengthen the clubs promotion push. Always operating with a big emphasis on youth, here are five players the Black Cats could look to add to their squad in January

  1. Amad Diallo
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Having already endeared himself with the SAFC crowd during last seasons impressive loan spell, Amad Diallo would be an undoubtedly popular signing. Diallo is yet to feature for Man United this season because of injury, but is now back in full first team training. With United’s wide options including, Marcus Rashford, Antony, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri, game time may be difficult to come by for the Ivorian and a move to Sunderland could prove to be a match made in heaven.

It is unclear wether United would be willing to let Diallo leave in January, but should they decide to SAFC would surely be very interested. It is worth noting, Diallo is likely to receive an international call up for the African Cup of Nations, so should Sunderland make a move for the United man, they could be without his services for up to a month. It’s perhaps still a risk worth taking, as Diallo’s talent could be the difference between promotion and another season in the championship.


2. Ali Al Hamadi

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Sunderland’s centre forward issues have been well documented, with none of the Black Cat’s recognised strikers finding the back of the net yet this season. One man who has had no such problem, is AFC Wimbledon’s Ali Al Hamadi. Having notched 10 times already this season, Al Hamadi could be the answer to Sunderland’s long standing striker issue.

Aged just 21, the Iraq goalscorer looks like he would be a great fit at the Stadium of Light, with his impressive goal catalogue boasting a range of different finishes. Al Hamadi’s stock has risen dramatically this season and many clubs have took notice of the Wimbledon man, so a move would not be easy for Sunderland to pull off. Having already signed four strikers in the summer transfer window it would be understandable if SAFC were reluctant to sign another forward, but having a centre forward who can find the net regularly can be the difference in the promotion race. Al Hamadi could prove to be a shrewd addition for Sunderland.


3. Divin Mubama

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A clinical striker at youth team level, Divin Mubama is said to be frustrated by his lack of first team chances at West Ham. Having reportedly rejected a new contract with the Hammers, Mubama could be available at a relatively low price tag in January, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2024. Mubama has been compared in the past with Romelu Lukaku thanks to his power and deadly left foot. Pierre Ekwah and Aji Alese both made the switch from West Ham to Sunderland in search of first team football, and perhaps Mubama would be tempted to follow suit. With the various creative players Sunderland have, Mubama could potentially thrive in leading the line for the Black Cats.


4. Oliver Skipp

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Oliver Skipp would be the kind of marquee signing that would send an emphatic message out to the rest of the division. Having started only one league game this season, Spurs could perhaps be tempted by a loan move for the midfielder. Since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, Skipp has found it difficult to establish himself in the Australian’s plans and recently spoke of his unhappiness with his lack of game time.

Skipp enjoyed a fruitful loan spell in the Championship at Norwich City in the 20/21 season, earning promotion. Now 23, Skipp could provide some added quality in the middle of the midfield for Sunderland. Whilst this signing would undoubtedly be ambitious, it would be a real signal of intent if Sunderland could attract Skipp into a Championship loan. The success of former teammate Harry Winks at Leicester City, highlights what the move could do to help get the midfielder’s career back on an upwards trajectory.


5. Kwame Poku

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A tricky winger with an eye for goal, Kwame Poku is an incredibly exciting young footballer. With eight goals and seven assists already this season, Poku is said to have been attracting interest from multiple Championship clubs. With Sunderland’s star man Jack Clarke the subject of much Premier League interest, the club may already be looking at options should Clarke depart in January and Poku could be the perfect fit for the Black Cat’s. Only 22 years old, Poku fits the Sunderland model very well and could be a very good option for the SAFC hierarchy to take a look at.