David Moyes is expected to enquire about Adnan Januzaj as the former Manchester United boss looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
Moyes handed Januzaj his first full United debut at the Stadium of Light back in 2013 where he scored twice to give the visitors the three points.
The youngster went on to play 32 times under Moyes in the 2013/14 season and was considered as one for the future after Ryan Giggs extolled the player’s virtues in a special interview he gave to the club website.
But despite promising so much, Januzaj has drifted towards the periphery of first-team football at Old Trafford and has struggled to live up to early expectations.
Januzaj fell further from grace last summer when United loaned him out to Borussia Dortmund, despite interest from Sunderland at the time. However, he made only six League appearances for the German club before returning to Old Trafford in January.
The Black Cats are yet to make a summer signing, although former Aston Villa winger Charles N’Zogbia has joined the squad in Evian-les-Bains ahead of their pre-season training camp.
Despite the lack of signings so far, Moyes has made it clear that he is determined to turn the club into more than just a side capable of avoiding relegation.
“We have a big club here we need to take forward,” he said last week. “We need to make sure it isn’t us celebrating staying up.
“That can’t be the goal. It’s not my goal, that’s for sure.”
He added: “It reminds me a lot of when I took over at Everton – the club was bobbing along at the bottom. So what need to do at Sunderland is we need to move up.
“We need to do what we did at Everton. We need to try and get right up the table and be more near the top end at the end of the season.”
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