Adnan Januzaj
Sunderland have approached Manchester United over the prospect of taking Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loanGetty

Sunderland have reportedly contacted Manchester United regarding the possibility of taking Adnan Januzaj on loan for the 2015/16 campaign, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Dick Advocaat is said to be interested in taking the Belgian international to the Stadium of Light, as he looks to bolster his attack following the departure of Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace.

Januzaj, who joined United in 2011, came to prominence under former manager David Moyes and was touted for a bright future at Old Trafford. But between the Scot's dismissal and the arrival of Louis van Gaal, things have changed for the young attacker.

The 20-year-old midfielder failed to hold down a regular place under the Dutch manager during the 2014/15 season, and only started seven games in the league as compared to 15 starts in the previous campaign.

The Belgian international is keen to play on a regular basis, and despite impressing the manager during United's pre-season tour of the United States, it is unlikely that he will be given a regular role in the first-team.

But the manager has indicated that he is willing to give Januzaj a chance either in a central striker's position or a role behind the main forward.

Sunderland could provide him an ideal platform to play on a regular basis and show his true potential to the Red Devils boss. The two clubs have a good relationship as players like Danny Welbeck and Jonny Evans have moved to the Stadium of Light on a temporary basis in the past to continue their football development.

Apart from the Black Cats, the Liverpool Echo has stated that Everton are also interested in taking the young attacker on loan and it is expected that the number of interested clubs will increase exponentially if Van Gaal sanctions a temporary move for the Belgian.