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Sunderland have been linked with a move for Tom Carroll.

The Chronicle reports that Sunderland are one of a trio of Premier League clubs interested in the Spurs midfielder, with Swansea and West Brom also named as potential bidders.

Carroll has previously spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Swansea, with mixed results. He struggled to find playing time under their then manager Garry Monk and only appeared on 18 occasions.

Mauricio Pochettino used Carroll 27 times last season, though often from the bench. With the arrival of Victor Wanyama, the potential for more midfield signings and the emergence of Harry Winks, it seems likely that Carroll could find himself surplus to requirements.

It was thought that Carroll’s contract would expire this summer, but as he remains at the club it has clearly been extended at some point, even though no official announcement was ever made.

At 24-years old Carroll needs to be playing regular football and you’d expect Tottenham to be looking to sell him, rather than sending the playmaker out on another loan.

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