Carl Winchester could be on the move this month, according to the latest transfer rumours in England.
The Belfast man is reportedly the subject of interest from Sunderland as a result of his promising form for Forest Green Rovers.
The 27-year-old, who made his 100th appearance for the League Two side in the midweek defeat to Crawley Town, has helped put his team into a title challenge. Rovers are just a point behind league leaders Carlisle United, although have won only one of their last five outings.
The skipper's own displays have, according to Gloucestershire Live, convinced the Black Cats that the midfielder can help ignite their bid for promotion to the Championship.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnston previously managed Winchester for three-and-a-half years at Oldham. Johnston's current side are currently 11th in League One, although are just three points off the play-off places.
Last year, Rovers chief Mark Cooper said Winchester was good enough to be playing in the second tier of English football.
“He’s a Championship player and if I was a Championship manager, he’d be one of the first players I would take," Cooper said in February.
"He’s a top, top player and should be playing at a much higher level. He’s at least a seven and a half out of ten each week and the dangerous thing for us, he’s started scoring goals and if he adds those goals to his game, he’s a complete midfield player."
Winchester only has one senior cap for Northern Ireland, won way back in May 2011 in a Celtic Cup match against Wales.