Sunderland sent scouts to watch Austrian centre-half pairing Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger on Thursday night, according to The Mirror.

The Black Cats have started the new Premier League season at a pedestrian pace and are yet to record a victory in 2016-17, leaving the Wearside club rock bottom of the table.

David Moyes’ defence has looked decidedly shaky this term despite the summer signing of Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea and the fact that Lamine Kone stayed in the North East.

The latest report suggests that Sunderland want to add defensive reinforcements in the January window and are keeping an eye on the Austrian pair, who both played in the 2-2 draw with Wales in Vienna.

The likelihood of landing Dragovic seems small given that the 25-year-old only moved from Dynamo Kiev to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Hinteregger also moved from Red Bull Salzburg to Bundesliga side Augsburg in the summer and as such it would take a canny piece of work in the transfer market for Sunderland to land either of these Austrian stars.

Sunderland are back in Premier League action against Stoke City next weekend and will hope to record their first victory of the new campaign.

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