Ellis Simms' injury means Sunderland may look to the free agent market to add attacking reinforcements (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Nine attacking free agents Sunderland could sign following Ellis Simms' latest injury setback

Ellis Simms has suffered a setback on his recovery from injury, one that leaves Sunderland very short of attacking options.

When asked about the potential of exploring the free agent market to find a replacement for the injured duo of Simms and Ross Stewart, Tony Mowbray said: “We've sat and explored it [free agent market], we've had meetings and discussions.”

"It's not about just bringing a player in and trying to find a centre-forward, I think what the team have shown it's not necessarily about having a centre-forward it's about having bodies. And if the right body isn't available, you don't bring them in just for the sake of it because the dynamic of the group is the most important thing.”

Here, we take a look at nine attacking free agents that Sunderland could sign to help in Simms and Stewart’s absence.

Would you like to see any of these at the Stadium of Light this season?

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