Opinion: Five Euro 2016 players that Sunderland should sign this season

As the Black Cats look to strengthen their squad, who should Sam Allardyce be looking out for in this transfer window after this summer's competition.

Opinion: Five Euro 2016 players that Sunderland should sign this season
Could Quaresma be a hit on Wearside? Photo source: Gazzetta World

Sunderland have spent the majority of the past few seasons in and around the relegation zone. Sam Allardyce has made it clear he wants the club to become a solid Premier League outfit. To do that, however, they must add talent to their squad. 

The transfer window is now open and clubs are starting to recruit new additions now that Euro 2016 is nearing its conclusion. Who should Sunderland make a move for on the back of this tournament?

Domagoj Vida 

For those who don't know, Vida is a Croatian centre-back who played a big part in their recent Euro 2016 campaign. He plays his club football at Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. 

His big presence in the air and ability to read the game would be helpful if he was to move to the Premier League. He is only 27 years old, meaning his best years may still lie ahead of him. This is an important factor when you consider that John O'Shea and Younes Kaboul may be calling time on their careers in the next few years. 

A move for Vida wouldn't break the bank and although there may be better central defenders out there, he gave a good account of himself when his country still remained in the Euros.

Matteo Darmian

Sunderland would being showing fantastic ambition if they were to make a move for Manchester United's Darmian. The 26-year-old has featured heavily for Italy over the past few weeks and came very close to being a semi-finalist for his country. 

With Jose Mourinho now in charge at Old Trafford, their has been rumblings that Darmian may not have a future at the club. The player announced that the new manager had not been in contact with him, which started the rumour mill that he would be plying his trade elsewhere this season. 

Antonio Valencia and Guillermo Varela are currently the only other right-backs at Manchester United, meaning there still may be a future for Darmian. However, Sunderland are in need of a new right full back meaning the Italian may be one to consider.

Ricardo Quaresma

Quaresma was once tipped to be a European football superstar before his career took a nose dive following some questionable choices. He has never fully lived up to the potential that was once there. 

Despite this, Quaresma has been a key figure for Portugal at this year's tournament. Coach Fernando Santos has mainly used the midfielder as an impact sub but he has still managed to make an impact for his country. 

At the age of 32, Quaresma may not be the ideal signing for Sunderland but he could certainly do a job for the North East outfit. Sam Allardyce may be looking to add a winger to his squad and that touch of experience may be what Sunderland need. He is currently playing in Turkey and may not cost much in terms of transfer fees. 

Jeff Hendrick

Derby County have tried and failed to break into the top flight over the past few seasons and some of their squad may be ready to move on and experience the Premier League with another club. Hendrick may be one of those players.

The Irishman put in some good performances whilst his country were still in the tournament and his stock has risen because of this. His ability to play down the middle or on the left of a midfield three means he may have the versatility that Allardyce needs. 

Hendrick is only 24 meaning he still has potential to grow into a top class Premier League player under the right guidance. There may be many parties interested in signing the player this summer, Sunderland should make themselves one of them.

Hal Robson-Kanu

Whatever happens next for Wales, Robson-Kanu has placed himself firmly in the history books after his superb goal against Belgium last week. Since the goal, the British media have focused a lot of their attention on the Welsh striker, and rightly so. 

Even if he hadn't scored the goal, Robson-Kanu would still be getting praise after his performance at the tournament this summer. His movement, link up play and passion have made him a huge hit with fans and neutrals around the continent.

Where next for the striker? Well, he is a free agent after being released from Reading earlier this month. Many clubs will be wanting to secure the signature of the 27-year-old and Sunderland should enter the race and sign the Welsh hero. He would be a cheap replacement for Danny Graham, Steven Fletcher and Dame N'Doye

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