Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan is a January transfer target for Championship side Swansea City, according to HITC Sport.
Flanagan’s form has been eye-catching this season and it is no surprise to see him linked with a move away this January.
After arriving from Burton Albion in the summer, the 6ft 2in defender has formed a strong central defensive partnership with Jack Baldwin.
This solidity at the back has been the platform for Sunderland’s success.
Sunderland cannot afford to lose this reliable centre-back partnership halfway through the season.
With a promotion push ahead, Jack Ross needs to ensure that Sunderland keep all of their best players during the January transfer window.
Losing Flanagan would be a real blow for Sunderland in terms of morale and personnel.
Although Glenn Loovens and Alim Ozturk are adequate replacements waiting in the wings, Flanagan’s bond with Baldwin is one of the best in the division.
There is no doubt that the 27-year-old can play at a higher level but if he stays at Sunderland, he could make the step up next year.
The Northern Ireland international spent the last two seasons with Burton Albion in the Championship and he has to choose between making an instant return to the second tier with Swansea or sticking out his Sunderland project.