Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia will consider recalling Paul McShane from his loan at Hull if he fails to strengthen his defence during the current transfer window.
Sbragia is eager to bring in new faces, with McShane - on a season-long loan with Hull - an option should all else fail.
"It's no secret that I need defenders, but that doesn't necessarily mean having to buy anyone," said Sbragia.
"George McCartney (ankle) has a chance of coming back in two weeks' time, and we have Paul McShane on loan, so there might be a thought of bringing him in.
"I'd like to add another one, but we know Paul is there so he's a possibility. There are another couple of players we're thinking about, but if it doesn't happen, we have him."
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