Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has not ruled out the possibility of England international goalkeeper David James arriving at the Stadium of Light this summer.
First-choice shot-stopper Craig Gordon will spend the first three months of the season on the sidelines after breaking his arm in training while Marlon Fulop looks set to be heading out of the club.
James, who is also been linked with Celtic, could be handed a short-term deal on Wearside after Portsmouth withdrew their offer of a new contract to the 39-year-old.
"He's still England's number one goalkeeper. He'd be a good short-term signing for us," Bruce told the Daily Mirror.
"But what we have to decide now is to whether make a signing or whether the two young keepers that we have are ready for the Premier League.
"The Premier League is a very tough place and we'll have to take some time to think about whether they're ready for that."