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Sunderland are ready to make a January transfer offer to Stoke City for midfielder Charlie Adam but have Turkish side Fenerbahce for competition, according to The Sun.

The Black Cats find themselves in a dire situation, propping up the Premier League table and looking odds on for relegation this term.

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With David Moyes having limited funds to improve his Sunderland squad, the potential sale of Patrick van Aanholt could well offer up some money to spend.

The latest report suggests that the Scottish manager wants to bring his countryman to the Stadium of Light to assist in the Wearside outfit’s battle against the drop.

However, former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who is currently in charge of Fenerbahce, is also believed to be monitoring the former Blackpool man’s availability.

Adam has cast a shadow wherever he has been, with the controversial character renowned for his battling qualities and at times questionable judgement.

The Scotland international would certainly bring fight to the Sunderland ranks, while he also has a devilish delivery with his left foot.