Sunderland have been linked with a 6 ft 7 midfielder in the final week of the January window.
Sunderland look to have finally kickstarted their hunt for midfield reinforcements this week, having been left without a recognised number six since Corry Evans suffered a serious injury in January 2023.
Callum Styles of Barnsley and the Black Cats are supposedly “in negotiations,” and the Hungarian might sign a loan deal with a purchase obligation.
After Styles was left out of The Tykes’ victory against Oxford United yesterday, a deal appears to be well on its way, but it seems like Sunderland is still looking at alternative options.
L’Equipe reports that Michael Beale’s team is thinking about making a move for Skelly Alvero of Lyon.
Alvero has had difficulty playing in France this season, and it is more likely that he will depart the team before the January transfer window ends.
The 21-year-old already rejected a loan move to Belgian outfit RWD Molenbeek, while it has been reported that Werder Bremen are currently leading the race for his signature.
The German side have already made a loan offer with an option to buy in the summer, which could prove to be difficult to compete with for Sunderland.
The Black Cats aren’t the only English club to have admired Alvero recently either, with Fabrizio Romano reporting in March 2023 that Crystal Palace and Borussia Moenchengladbach were tracking the midfielder prior to his move to Lyon.
Who is Skelly Alvero?
Skelly Alvero joined Sochaux’s academy in 2017, before becoming a regular for the B team during the 2021-22 season.
He was then promoted to the senior team during the 2022-23 campaign and made 31 appearances, playing alongside Sunderland striker Eliezer Mayenda.
Alvero’s impressive form for Sochaux earned him a €4 million (£3.4m) move to French giants Lyon in the summer.
He has since made six starts in Ligue 1 and netted his first goal in a 1-1 draw with FC Metz in November.
Alvero was kept off of the match-day roster for the previous five games, and he has only made one league appearance since Pierre Sage was named Lyon’s manager.
Alvero possesses “impressive dribbling and passing skills,” according to a scout report by Foot The Ball that was published after Palace expressed interest. His height and physique also help him win a lot of dead-ball situations.
In addition, he has “immense pace,” which allows him to play as a box-to-box midfielder as well as a typical number six.