Sunderland are closing in on securing a loan deal for Chelsea star Marco van Ginkel, according to reports.
The 22-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at Italian giants AC Milan but is understood to be keen on a regular run of games in the Premier League.
Van Ginkel is unlikely to break into the Chelsea first team, so the Champions are willing to loan him out again.
And Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland are the favourites to capture his signature.
Sunderland are in the market for a creative pass-maste, with Advocaat keen to strengthen his central midfield options.
There has been interest from Newcastle United too but reports in Holland say their North East rivals are closing in on a deal for the Dutch ace, who has made two Chelsea appearances.
The 5ft 9in midfielder, from Amersfoort in Holland, was an £8million signing for the Blues from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013.
Advocaat is looking to add more quality to his squad, who returned to pre-season training at the Academy of Light today.
The club made their first signing on Wednesday night, with Sebastian Coates completing his permanent move to the Stadium of Light, signing a four-year contract in a deal worth £2m.