The emergency loan window opened today, with Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat looking to try and shift some of the club’s dead-wood.
Football League clubs can bolster their squads with Premier League reinforcements during the loan window.
We take a look at five players who can leave the Stadium of Light for regular first team football:
1) Will Buckley:
Sunderland are not blessed with the biggest squad but Buckley is one of four players, Advocaat is keen to move on.
The 25-year-old winger attracted plenty of interest over the summer, with Leeds United and Birmingham City tracking him. Ideally Sunderland want to sell the former Brighton man - for a fee of around £1million - but he could be sent out on loan initially.
2) Liam Bridcutt:
Another ex-Brighton midfielder available for loan is Bridcutt. Derby County have previously been linked, while a return to his former club could appeal too.
Sunderland are not prepared to make a hefty loss on the £2.5million they paid Brighton to sign Bridcutt 18 months ago, even if his wages could be covered during a loan stint in the Championship.
In our summer survey, the 26-year-old polled the most votes cast by more than 1,300 Sunderland supporters when asked who they wanted to be shown the exit door.
3) Charis Mavrias:
Another outcast available for loan/transfer is winger Mavrias. Mavrias re-joined his former club on loan in January and Greek giants Panathinaikos made no secret of their desire to keep hold of him, with discussions taking place with Sunderland.
A move abroad seems the most likely for the Greek international, who joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos in 2013 making just six appearances for the Black Cats.
4) Valentin Roberge:
Remember him? Roberge, who has started just eight Premier League games in red and white, is the biggest drain on the club’s resources having been handed a big-money deal by ex-director of football Roberto De Fanti when he arrived on a Bosman deal from Portugese side Maritimo two years ago.
Spent time on loan at Reims in Ligue 1 last season, again a loan move to his native France looks most likely.
5) Lynden Gooch:
Sunderland’s focus is to shift the dead-wood rather than let some of their regular Under 21s out on loan.
But one player who could benefit from a spell away from the Stadium of Light is Lynden Gooch. The midfielder arrived from California in the United States but holds a British passport.
And he has previously had a loan spell at Gateshead.
For everything you need to know about the emergency loan window, click here.