Sunderland sent a scout to watch Levante and Getafe in La Liga action at the weekend, according to reports in Spain.
Super Deporte claim Sunderland were among a host of clubs to send a delegation to the game, with Anderlecht, PSG and Inter Milan also said to have been represented.
Reports in Spain claim the most likely targets of the scouts were either Levante winger Enis Bardhi or Levantemidfielder Jefferson Lerma.
The true identity of the scouting trip remains to be seen with cash-strapped Sunderland not in the market to spend big in January, the club only spent £1.25million on ten new signings this summer.
Watch this space...
Lewis Grabban admits Sunderland made too many mistakes
Sunderland striker Lewis Grabban bagged a brace at Griffin Park but admitted too many mistakes were made second half as Brentford came back to secure a point.
"The third goal was a deflection, so in terms of the goal it was a bit unlucky. We made too many mistakes in the second half," said Grabban.
"In terms of the goal it is down to luck, but the performance dipped a bit - I still think the attitude and application was at a high standard, but I think a couple of mistakes led to mounting pressure.
"I don't think it was a free-kick to begin with [for their second], although it was a good effort afterwards.
"There's not much you can do about that.
"It should have been a win, we just need to get victories regardless whether they are home or away. We can still build on those three draws."
Brentford goalkeeper on THAT howler against Sunderland
Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley has been speaking about the howler that he made against Sunderland at Griffin Park on Saturday.
With the score level at 1-1, Bryan Oviedo whipped in a corner close to the Bees keeper, who totally misjudged it and ended up palming the ball into the back of the net.
He told Get West London: "I am not going to make an excuse. Yes, the wind has played a part but I back myself not to get done by stuff like that.
"From my point of view it wasn't good enough, and I know the fans wouldn't expect that of me.
"The wind caused a problem all afternoon for everyone. The crossing in the warm-up was difficult but I am confident lad and I back myself.
"That's cherry picking for me, so that's one I will scratch off and I won't dwell on it.
"But it wasn't good enough and no excuses."