Sam Allardyce will be looking to add to his squad as he looks to build on the derby win in his bid to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League.
Although he would have to wait until the January transfer window to sign any contracted players, one road that is open is the Bosman market, with any club able to sign players not currently contracted.
Here are six players that could fill the 25th and final place in Allardyce’s Premier League squad:
1) Ron Vlaar
The Dutch international left Aston Villa in the summer and is still looking for a club despite training with former club AZ Alkmaar.
Captain for the last three seasons at Villa Park, Vlaar could provide the experience that would help the Black Cats defensively - something Allardyce said had to improve before he became manager.
And although plagued with a recent spell of injuries, the no-nonsense centre half could be a clever signing by Allardyce if he can prove his fitness on a long-term basis.
2) Kevin Nolan
From Bolton to Newcastle to West Ham, Allardyce and Nolan have been inseparable during their Premier League careers.
The 33 year-old midfielder is available having left the Hammers in the summer and has since been training with Leyton Orient ahead of his next move.
It looks like time is running out though for Allardyce as reports today suggest Nolan will head north of the border to link up with Mark Warburton at Rangers.
3) Morgan Amalfitano
Having left West Ham earlier this month, the French winger could link-up with Allardyce again at the Stadium of Light.
With recent experience in the Europa League, as well as Premier League experience at West Ham and West Brom, Amalfitano has proved he can be a tricky customer for full backs in the Premier League.
However his discipline seems to have let him down recently, with a huge fall-out with Slaven Bilic leading to his departure from Upton Park without a single league game of football under his belt since the end of last season.
Some would say he would be a risk, but Allardyce could put the winger back on the right track.
4) Georgios Samaras
Brought back to the Premier League by West Brom in 2014, Samaras struggled to find his way into the Baggies side, eventually being sent on loan to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal Riyadh for the rest of the season.
Samaras though, similar to Amalfitano, has Premier League experience, and with 53 goals in 171 Premier League games, has shown that he can find the back of the net when his side need a goal.
Is another striker what Sunderland need though? With Defoe & Co already in the Sunderland ranks, Samaras may have to revert to the left side of midfield if he was to make his mark.
5) Emmanuel Eboue
Well worth a look at in my opinion.
The Ivorian is without a club since being released from Galatasaray in the summer, and could provide a useful member of the Sunderland squad at full back.
With a Champions League final with Arsenal to his name, and 76 caps for his country, is Eboue worth a punt on a short term deal?
6) Wilson Palacios
The Honduran international has been looking for a club after being released by Stoke in the summer, and would fit into the defensive midfield role at the Stadium of Light should he be needed.
Having played in the Premier League for the last eight seasons for four different clubs, Palacios wouldn’t find any problems fitting straight back into the league with 147 appearances already to his name.