Everton winger Steven Naismith could be a target for Sunderland in the final hours of the transfer window, according to reports on Merseyside.
Naismith’s future has been the subject of speculation over recent days, with Norwich City targeting the Scotland international.
There have been suggestions that Sunderland have also made an enquiry for the 29-year-old, who has been on the bench for all four of Everton’s Premier League games this season.
However, any deal looks unlikely, given Sunderland’s priority before the deadline has been to boost their defensive options after adding to their attacking ranks yesterday with the £7.75million capture of Fabio Borini.
Sunderland’s chances of landing a defender on loan look to be growing increasingly slim too after Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori rejected the Black Cats’ advances earlier today.