One player who would add experience is Yann M’Vila and Sunderland continue to be heavily linked with their former midfielder.

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The 33-year-old has been a free agent since the summer and reports in France say talks between Sunderland and the midfielder’s agent have taken place.

At the end of last year, M’Vila said: “I don’t need the money. I want to play. With all the respect I have for Ligue 2, I don’t see myself playing in this championship.

“There is only one club for which I would have agreed to return to the lower division for is Sunderland, to help them return to the Premier League. I had an extraordinary year there. I’m not just a footballer, I can help on and off the pitch, I know the moments of crisis. I am a reliable person. If you trust me, I’ll give it back to you a thousand times.”