Desperately trying to avoid relegation, Sunderland are going to need some sort of miracle, based on their current form, if they are to maintain their Premier League status for next season.

With players dropping injured left, right and centre and only Jermaine Defoe to rely on for goals, the Black Cats have struggled all season, winning just five out of a possible 25 games.

If David Moyes somehow does manage to lead them to safety, reinforcements will be needed for next season, and Sunderland fans will be hoping they aren’t more of the Scottish manager’s old pals such as Joleon Lescott or Steven Pienaar.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws, relayed by Voetbal Krant, it appears Moyes has sent a scout to Belgium to watch Gent take on Tottenham in the Europa League.

The standout player in that team, in an area Sunderland desperately need to bolster, is centre forward Kalifa Coulibaly, who has scored 14 goals in 31 appearances this season for the Belgian side.

The former Paris Saint-Germain B player is their top scorer this season, and at 6’5” could provide a great alternative to Jermain Defoe.

Elsewhere, 22-year-old right-back Thomas Foket, who has earned himself a Belgium cap this season, is the other obvious player David Moyes is probably keeping an eye on.

With a contract running out in 2018, this summer seems like the ideal time for the talented defender to make the leap to a bigger league.