Sunderland are interested in taking Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan, according to Sky sources.
However, any move to the north-east would require City to subsidise Hart's wages and for the England international to want to move to the Stadium of Light. It is thought he would prefer to go to a club playing in the Champions League.
Italian club Torino are also interested in the 29-year-old, who has slipped further down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of Chilean 'keeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, with Hart having already lost his spot in the City first XI to Willy Caballero.
Torino's director of sport Gianluca Petrachi told Sky in Italy: "We're working on it, but if it isn't going to be Hart then we will keep on working for somebody else, even if there are only a few days to go until the market closes."
Argentinian Caballero has played in all three of City's Premier League fixtures this season, with Bravo expected to replace his fellow South American when he becomes acclimatised in the north-west.
All of which leaves Hart facing a season of despair, if he fails to find a new club, either via a permanent signing or loan deal.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman said on Thursday he was not interested in signing Hart, while Sky sources also understand Spanish club Sevilla will not sign the Englishman.
Hart's final game for City appears to have been their victory over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday, which secured the club's participation in the group stages of this season's Champions League.