Sunderland may have their first league win of the season, but they still appear desperate for more firepower to launch them up the Premier League.
But with owner Ellis Short reportedly looking to sell up, and finances tight at the club after a big summer spend, following on from last January's splurge, it may be the loan market which manager David Moyes looks to in the new year.
And with their two domestic loan signings already on board in Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer, we look at seven players across Europe who the Black Cats could ask to borrow come January.
The 25-year- old attacking midfielder played under David Moyes at Real Sociedad last season though is struggling to get a game for the Spanish side this campaign as he recovers from a knee injury.
The former Real Madrid player has only made six substitute appearances in La Liga so far this season and hasn’t scored a goal since the 2014/15 season, though time is still on his side.
The Spain U21 international is left-footed, an area that Sunderland are lacking in, and is a competent passer of the ball.
He has never played outside of Spain though could be open to a move to England in order to gain more minutes on the pitch.
The Swedish striker is currently at Celta Vigo but has not been able to cement a first team place since his arrival last season and may look for a move away to fulfil his early potential.
Guidetti, 24, was at Manchester City though never played a league game and was farmed out on loan to Burnley, Feyenoord , Stoke and Celtic before a permanent switch to La Liga.
The 6’1 forward would offer an aerial presence upfront and is used to British football.
Guidetti could be a great back-up to Victor Anichebe whose fitness is regularly in doubt.
Inter Milan’s 6’5 centre-back has struggled for a first team place this season despite his side’s poor start.
The 28 year-old has 21 caps for The Azzurri and was sent on a six-month loan to Sampadoria in January.
Despite only playing his football in Italy, Ranocchia could offer vital experience to the Sunderland backline that has been shipping goals recently.
Ranocchia is also a threat from set pieces which could be influential as Sunderland are yet to score from a corner or free-kick this season.
The 6’4 German U21 has been a prolific striker most of his short career and is currently playing for Bundesliga newcomers RB Leipzig, scoring ten goals on their way to promotion.
Selke also featured for the German Olympic football team scoring two goals in four appearances as well as 23 goals in 32 games for the Germany U20s.
Due to RB Leipzig’s impressive start in the Bundesliga, Selke has been limited to only one start and could be available for a short loan to help ease the goal scoring burden off Jermain Defoe.
The Dutch youth international has found himself out of favour at Eredivisie champions PSV, and could be set for a short term move in January.
The pacey winger has been plagued by injury in recent years, and therefore lost his place to Luciano Narsingh and Jurden Locadia in the pecking order.
Despite being at PSV for four years, he has made just 40 first team appearances and could be willing to fashion a move to Sunderland, who are desperate for some pace and creativity.
Another Dutch youth international Luc Castaignos could be tempted by a move to Wearside, as he had struggled to break into the side at Sporting Lisbon.
Castaignos, 24, scored 37 goals in 94 games for FC Twente before securing a move to Lisbon, but has only been seen from the bench.
Sunderland should be in the hunt for a striker to work alongside Jermain Defoe, and the 6ft 2in man could be the ideal strike partner.
Junior Caicera is a little known but very experienced full back, who is currently plying his trade for Schalke, however is struggling to nail down a spot in the Bundesliga side.
He has played Champions League football at Ludogorets, and with that has a dual nationality, being eligible for Brazil and Bulgaria.
With that he secured a move to Schalke but has only played 24 times since 2015, and therefore could be interested in a move to Wearside, which could solve the problem at right back Sunderland currently have.