The future of Wahbi Khazri could hold the key to Sunderland future both in the short and long term.
Duane Holmes is thought to have been speaking to Sunderland about a summer move to the Stadium of Light. The Scunthorpe United midfielder is in demand this summer and has been strongly tipped to join Frank Lampard at Derby County.
Despite things looking up since Stewart Donald took over, it is no secret that a majority of the current Sunderland squad want to leave, but but how many of these players would we even want to keep?
After a disastrous season in which Blackburn Rovers fans wet their pants at selling goalkeeper Jason Steele to Sunderland for half-a-million quid, a Premier League club have supposedly offered the Black Cats three-times what Simon Grayson paid for him this time last year.
Toto Nsiala is thought to be interesting Sunderland as the Black Cats seek to restructure the red-and-white defence into one capable of competing in League One.
Bryan Oviedo's omission from Costa Rica's opening World Cup game was notable.
AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor is said to be in the north east for talks with Sunderland. Rumour has it, he doesn't fancy it much.
Kit nerds are beside themselves at the variety of strips on display in the opening stages of the World Cup, but surely we've already seen the best.
Ahead of his probable World Cup debut, Jordan Pickford has made special reference to the part Kevin Ball played in his development at Sunderland, but has the red-and-white legend a role in the new regime at the Stadium of Light?
Lyle Taylor has been linked with a summer move to Sunderland. Certain outlets are reporting he'll head for Sunderland to enter talks next week.