Sunderland eyeing double January swoop as Phil Parkinson identifies his key targets - reports

Phil Parkinson has identified two key targets as he bids to bolster Sunderland’s ranks in January – according to reports.

Sunday, 29th December 2019, 1:19 pm
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 9:56 am

Parkinson is keen to add some extra quality to his squad once the winter window opens on January 1, but has hinted that he will be prepared to wait for the right targets to emerge.

And reports have now revealed two of Sunderland’s supposed targets for the January window.

Football Insider claim that Ben Alnwick is on the radar of the Black Cats having been released by Bolton Wanderers last week – where he played under Parkinson before his departure.

Sign up to our Sunderland AFC newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Rumoured Sunderland target Antoine Semenyo
Rumoured Sunderland target Antoine Semenyo

Alnwick, who came through the ranks at the Stadium of Light before departing in search of first-team football, is now available as a free agent and the report claims that Parkinson is keen to add him to Sunderland’s ranks.

Goalkeeping reinforcements may be a priority given the uncertainty over Jon McLaughlin’s long-term future, with his contract set to expire in the summer.

Meanwhile, the Sun claim that the Black Cats are also keen on a loan move for Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo.

The 19-year-old netted six times during a loan spell at Newport County last term, but is yet to get off the mark at Bristol City.

Sunderland have also been linked with a host of other players ahead of the January window, with Parkinson eyeing as many as five new additions after some poor form of late.