Sunderland AFC transfer news and rumours: Cats battling Boro for Morrison, Poland and Stade Rennais winger linked

James Morrison (right)
James Morrison (right)
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The summer transfer market is hotting up - with Sunderland AFC linked with a host of new signings.

The Mirror are reporting that Sunderland have entered the race for Scottish international midfielder James Morrison, with North East neighbours Middlesbrough also tracking the West Brom midfielder.

Darlington-born Morrison is available on a free transfer this summer and boss Sam Allardyce is looking to boost his midfield options.

Morrison, 29, is an experienced Premier League campaigner and is likely to have a lot of interest in him this summer.

He can play in central midfield or out wide and has done well for West Bromwich Albion since joining from Middlesbrough in 2007 for £1.5million.

Morrison hasn't played since rupturing his hamstring against Chelsea in January though.

Meanwhile, Sunderland have also been linked with a move for Polish winger Kamil Grosicki, who is currently with the Polish national team preparing for Euro 2016.

A wideman is high on the list of summer priorities and Grosicki has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League.

Grosicki plays for Stade Rennais, with the 27-year-old under contract with the French club until 2019.

Southampton are also said to be tracking Grosicki and the Saints can offer European football next season in the Europa League.

"To play in the English league is the dream of every footballer," said Grosicki.

"To be there, you have to play well, have great managers, happiness.

"If I went there, I could tell that something was achieved in football."

Grosicki admits his first priority is Stade Rennais but he does harbour ambitions of testing himself in the Premier League.

"I have a contract at Stade Rennais. For four years. It was my first goal - to extend the contract.

"Please see, not all Polish players are successful. There are other realities, physical strength is huge.

"According to me this is the main problem - the skills are similar, but we lack strength," he told a Polish website.