Sunderland are hopeful of signing free agent Luke Garbutt following the defender’s release from Everton, according to Chronicle Live.
The left-back departed Goodison Park in the summer and is now a frontrunner to fill Phil Parkinson’s defensive void.
Garbutt, 27, has spent plenty of time out on loan during his career, embarking on spells with Fulham, Wigan, Colchester and Ipswich Town.
A former England under-21 international, Garbutt made 12 appearances for the Toffees with five coming in the Premier League.
At this stage in Garbutt’s career, he needs to go somewhere and play regular first-team football.
The defender is comfortable on the ball, works hard at both ends of the pitch and knows League One inside out.
Sunderland finished eighth in the division last season and the club are desperate to start climbing the leagues once again.
With a £2.5 million salary cap being proposed for next season, the Black Cats must tread carefully with their summer business.
Being mindful of that, signing Garbutt on a free transfer seems to make perfect sense.
Sunderland will want to take the league by storm next season and adding a player with Garbutt’s experience will only help matters.
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The addition of the former Everton player would add an experienced option to Parkinson’s squad.
After seeing his team stutter last season he will expect better this time around and Garbutt should help.
Arriving on a free, the 27-year-old boasts top-flight experience, Europa League outings and games in the Football League under his belt.
The need for a left-back is pretty evident and Garbutt could be one of Parkinson’s best summer deals if a deal can be done.