Sunderland AFC: Which clubs are tracking the Black Cats players available for loan?

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The emergency loan window opened today, with Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat looking to try and shift some of the club’s dead-wood.

Football League clubs can bolster their squads with Premier League reinforcements during the loan window.

Liam Bridcutt

Liam Bridcutt

We take a look at five players who can leave the Stadium of Light for regular first team football:

1) Will Buckley:

Sunderland are not blessed with the biggest squad but Buckley is one of four players, Advocaat is keen to move on.

The 25-year-old winger attracted plenty of interest over the summer, with Leeds United and Birmingham City tracking him. Ideally Sunderland want to sell the former Brighton man - for a fee of around £1million - but he could be sent out on loan initially.

Charalampos Mavrias in action for Sunderland Under 21s

Charalampos Mavrias in action for Sunderland Under 21s

2) Liam Bridcutt:

Another ex-Brighton midfielder available for loan is Bridcutt. Derby County have previously been linked, while a return to his former club could appeal too.

Sunderland are not prepared to make a hefty loss on the £2.5million they paid Brighton to sign Bridcutt 18 months ago, even if his wages could be covered during a loan stint in the Championship.

In our summer survey, the 26-year-old polled the most votes cast by more than 1,300 Sunderland supporters when asked who they wanted to be shown the exit door.

West Bromwich Albion's Victor Anichebe is brought down by Sunderland's Valentin Roberge

West Bromwich Albion's Victor Anichebe is brought down by Sunderland's Valentin Roberge

3) Charis Mavrias:

Another outcast available for loan/transfer is winger Mavrias. Mavrias re-joined his former club on loan in January and Greek giants Panathinaikos made no secret of their desire to keep hold of him, with discussions taking place with Sunderland.

A move abroad seems the most likely for the Greek international, who joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos in 2013 making just six appearances for the Black Cats.

4) Valentin Roberge:

Dick Advocaat sitting in the dugout during the game against Aston Villa

Dick Advocaat sitting in the dugout during the game against Aston Villa

Remember him? Roberge, who has started just eight Premier League games in red and white, is the biggest drain on the club’s resources having been handed a big-money deal by ex-director of football Roberto De Fanti when he arrived on a Bosman deal from Portugese side Maritimo two years ago.

Spent time on loan at Reims in Ligue 1 last season, again a loan move to his native France looks most likely.

5) Lynden Gooch:

Sunderland’s focus is to shift the dead-wood rather than let some of their regular Under 21s out on loan.

But one player who could benefit from a spell away from the Stadium of Light is Lynden Gooch. The midfielder arrived from California in the United States but holds a British passport.

And he has previously had a loan spell at Gateshead.

For everything you need to know about the emergency loan window, click here.