Swansea City full-back Neil Taylor has emerged as a target for Sunderland as they prepare for the departure of Patrick van Aanholt, according to Wales Online.

With the Dutchman poised to join former boss Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace, the Black Cats are keen to line up a replacement and the Wales international looks to be their top priority.

Taylor has started only half of Swansea’s 22 Premier League matches this term and has seen his prospects further dimished by the £4 million signing of Martin Olsson from Norwich City last week.

Having been a first-team regular during the club’s first season in the top flight back in 2011-12, the 27-year-old lost his place under manager Michael Laudrup due to a combination of injuries and the emergence of fellow left-back Ben Davies.

He regained his spot following his compatriot’s move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 but has found himself in and out of the side recently in what has been a turbulent campaign for the Swans.

Olsson’s arrival has further complicated matters and new boss Paul Clement is likely to move on one of his left-backs to make room for signings in other key positions.

One potential stumbling block could be whether the Welsh outfit are willing to sell to a relegation rival, with bottom club Sunderland just three points adrift of Swansea in 17th.

Clement will have to judge the risk and reward of either strengthening a fellow candidate for the drop, versus retaining a player who will not be content playing second fiddle.


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