Here, we take a look at all the latest transfer gossip from the Stadium of Light and beyond:
Jermain Defoe options
£13.6m ex-Sunderland flop returns to training after disaster loan as Middlesbrough transfer list trio
Championship news: Ex-Sunderland, West Brom and Aston Villa man snubbed for Birmingham City job
Former £10m-rated Sunderland 'target' joins Joey Barton at Bristol Rovers in League One
Sunderland AFC transfer rumours: Cats face more competition for target as former West Ham and Manchester United man becomes free agent
Manchester United close in on deal for Newcastle United 'target'
Defoe, now 39, may see a coaching or punditry role as the next step in his career, rather than pursuing another playing role.
However, Steve Lomas, an ex-teammate of the striker, believes that Defoe may still keep retirement plans on the back-burner for now:
“And you know what, it wouldn’t surprise me if he played on, if he can find something that stimulates him.” Lomas told the Daily Record.
“There’s no two ways about it, he will probably be frustrated that he’s only played two games this season.
“He’s got that arrogance, in a good way. He will still believe if he got the same game time as [Alfredo] Morelos, he’d outscore him.
“The kid just loves football. The only question for his future is if he can find something that tickles his fancy.”
Ipswich defender ‘eyed’ by Fleetwood
According to Alan Nixon, Ipswich Town defender Toto Nsiala could be on the move to Fleetwood this month.
Nixon is reporting that Fleetwood see Nsiala as a good option to bolster their defence as they aim for League One survival.
In a deal that would likely be a short-term loan, the out-of-favour Nsiala could be seen as the man to help Fleetwood avoid the drop this season.
Nsiala, 29, spent the second-half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.
Man City ‘keeper to switch Accrington for Bolton
The keeper is currently on loan at Accrington Stanley, however, he has not featured since Stanley’s 4-0 defeat to Burton Albion in late-November.
City are reportedly keen for Trafford to be playing regular first-team football and reportedly see Ian Evatt’s Bolton as the ideal place for this to happen.
Trafford has kept two clean sheets in eleven League One appearances so far this term, conceding 26 goals in that time.