Sunderland triple striking target – Bruce eyes Bendtner, Bellamy and German Helmes

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Sunderland are working on three fronts to bring in strikers before transfer deadline day.

Craig Bellamy at Manchester City, Nicklas Bendtner at Arsenal and Patrick Helmes at Wolfsburg are all on the club’s radar, with Sunderland hopeful of bringing one or even two of them in before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday.

Reports from Germany yesterday afternoon suggested Helmes has rebuffed Sunderland’s initial interest while, on the other fronts, Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Bellamy and Arsenal have yet to decide whether or not to even allow Bendtner to go out on loan this season.

But, despite those difficulties, Sunderland will continue working away at the potential moves, knowing that many a deal which might seem dead can suddenly be resurrected as the deadline approaches.

If Sunderland can push a deal or two through for strikers though, the Black Cats’ manager will be a much happier man.

“We’re still a bit light up front when it comes to firepower,” he admitted. “But that’s something that we’re looking at in terms of transfers over the next few days.

“We’ve got one or two irons in the fire as we speak and hopefully something will come from that.”

* Full story in tonight’s Sunderland Echo