David Moyes is considering an attempt to bring Irish duo Shane Long and Robbie Brady to Sunderland in January, report The Telegraph.
The 53-year-old manager is said to be looking for players who have experience in England to strengthen his squad, with the Black Cats yet to win a Premier League game this season.
Shane Long a doubt for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Austria https://t.co/E7juIdZJ3g
— Irish Daily Mirror (@IrishMirror) 21 October 2016
Long currently plays for Southampton but is yet to open his account for the south coast side this season.
This goal drought looks set to continue as the striker limped off with what is believed to be a hamstring injury in the Saints’ Europa League game against Inter Milan.
Long seems perfect for what Moyes is looking for, having played for several Premier League clubs including a three-year spell at West Bromwich Albion.
The Black Cats manager is also considering turning to Norwich City midfielder Brady.
The 24-year-old has received a lot of attention since his performance at Euro 2016 over the summer, where he scored a late goal against Italy to send Ireland through to the knockout stages of the competition.
Brady would add some versatility to the squad, as he is able to play as a wide player or as a playmaker like he currently does for his country.
— FAIreland (@FAIreland) 22 July 2016
With the Canaries currently competing for promotion in the Championship and Sunderland’s perilous league position, it remains to be seen whether he would be willing to leave Carrow Road and risk being back in the second tier next season.
Brady will be entering the last 18 months of his contract in January and his price will fall once he is in the last year of his current deal, which may be an attractive proposition for Moyes.
In more Sunderland news, a source at the Stadium of Light has denied that they are involved in takeover talks after it was reported ex-manager Sam Allardyce would return to the club after agreeing on a deal with a Chinese consortium to purchase the side.