FAN’S VIEW: Five potential January signings for Sunderland

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It’s becoming clear that Gus Poyet has a very good idea of what he’s doing at the helm of Sunderland. The problem is, he doesn’t have the team for it.

In no particular order of impact or need, here are five transfer targets the Black Cats should consider.

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet

5. Wilfried Zaha – Manchester United (Loan)

Zaha’s exactly what we need right now. Pace and skill on the wings. Obviously, Manchester United aren’t going to sell him, since they’ve just bought him.

But David Moyes has indicated he wants to loan the former Crystal Palace man out, and despite other clubs in for him, we could have a bash at it, surely?

4. Callum McManaman – Wigan

If the move for Zaha fails, McManaman is another target Poyet could go for. McManaman currently plays for Wigan in the Championship.

It’s clear Wigan’s run in the Europa League won’t last, and when it ends, where does that leave him? A Premier player in the second division. Despite signing a new contract recently, I think we could get him.

3. Alex Buttner – Manchester United (Loan)

Despite Phil Bardsley’s recent form, I can’t see it lasting. Besides, he’s a right-back anyway.

It would be a loan deal for the United left-back, but maybe this time at the end of it, we could actually buy him. *cough* DANNY ROSE *cough*

2. Lewis Holtby – Tottenham Hotspur

Falling down the pecking order massively at Spurs, the 23-year-old German has no chance to prove himself at Spurs anymore. Competing with Lamela, Townsend, Dembele, Lennon, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Eriksen and Sandro isn’t the easiest thing for a midfielder as young as him to do. Hopefully Poyet will give it a try.

1. Jordan Rhodes – Blackburn Rovers

I wanted this lad when he was at Huddersfield. One of the top scorers in the Championship, Rhodes currently knocks them in on a regular basis for mid-table Blackburn Rovers.

A move wouldn’t cost a terribly large amount of money, and a link up with Steven Fletcher could be a tasty prospect. Fingers crossed!

This article was written by FTBpro’s Liam Moran is the largest fan-generated football media brand with millions of users around the world, featuring analysis and insights from the people with the passion to start the conversation – the fans.