Lee Johnson and the club’s recruitment team remain hard at work behind the scenes to bring in new faces after seven players departed the Stadium of Light at the end of the last campaign.
And with the squad now back in pre-season training, transfer activity is set to ramp-up – with the club’s first pre-season game at Spennymoor Town now just around the corner.
Transfer rumours will no doubt continue up to and after that fixture, with Sunderland linked with some interesting names.
So just for fun, we’ve taken a look at how the Black Cats’ squad could look this season if some of the latest transfer rumours are true.
It’s a squad packed with new signings, but would it be enough to achieve promotion from League One?
5. LB: Denver Hume
Hume is one of four players still weighing-up the offer of fresh terms at Sunderland, but hopes are high that he will remain with the club for the new campaign.
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6. CM: Matt Crooks
Another man in demand this summer is Crooks, with the Rotherham United midfielder also attracting admiring glances from Ipswich Town. But could Sunderland - who have also been linked with a move - pip the Tractor Boys to the post?
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7. CM: Ethan Galbraith
As revealed by the Echo, Galbraith is one of the midfield options being considered by Sunderland this summer. A Northern Irish international, he could be an interesting option on a loan deal.
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8. RW: Owen Dale
Crewe Alexandra have slapped a £1million price tag on the winger, with a host of League One clubs thought to be keen on a move. Sunderland are one of those to be rumoured to be interested in Dale this summer.
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