The transfer window, however, is in full swing and Sunderland have been linked with a host of names during January.
Right-back Trai Hume has already signed for the Black Cats, whilst central defender Danny Batth has also made the move to the Stadium of Light
Here, though, we round up all of the latest Sunderland and League One news from around the division that you may have missed today:
League One retained lists: Two ex-Sunderland stars headline League One releases following announcements from Portsmouth, MK Dons, Rotherham United and co
Sunderland at Wembley: EFL explain why they can't offer any more tickets to Black Cats fans
Sunderland AFC transfer news: 115 career goal striker Cats were linked with in January released by Championship club
Sunderland fans encouraged to send heartwarming message to ex-player at Wembley
Wycombe Wanderers ticket latest for League One play-offs at Wembley after Sunderland receive final allocation
Sheffield Wednesday near deal for Brighton defender
Sheffield Wednesday are said to be winning the race for in-demand Brighton & Hove Albion defender Haydon Roberts.
That’s after Wednesday missed out on Batth, with the defender signing for Sunderland.
Reports suggest the Owls in the driving seat to sign the 19-year-old England youth international.
There is also interest in Roberts from Championship trio Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Cardiff City.
Wednesday boss Darren Moore earned plaudits for his handling of Seagulls youngster Taylor Richards while at Doncaster Rovers last season.
Indeed, it is believed that his track record with young players has stood the club in good stead going forward in the January market.
Luke O’Nien returns to training
Sunderland midfielder Luke O’Nien has returned to training at the Academy of Light.
That’s after the player went under the knife and had surgery to fix a long-standing shoulder problem.
O’Nien was ruled out for at least three months at the beginning of November.