South American among several strikers Sunderland are eyeing before transfer deadline

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Borussia Dortmund’s Adrian Ramos is just one of a number of strikers that Sunderland are pursuing before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

The Echo reported on Saturday how Sunderland were aiming to splash out on a permanent deal for a new frontman before the transfer window shuts at 6pm tomorrow, and that remains Dick Advocaat’s priority.

Hopefully something will happen to bring in more players

Dick Advocaat

Reports in Germany over the weekend indicated that Sunderland were in negotiations with Dortmund over a fee for £7million-rated Ramos and were ready to sign the Colombian international on a three-year deal.

Ramos is understood to be a genuine target for Sunderland, but it is understood that any deal is not as advanced as has been reported in Germany.

And neither is the 29-year-old the only frontman that Sunderland are looking at before the deadline, while Advocaat is also looking at defensive options available on loan.

Advocaat said: “We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days – we are not sure if something will happen.

“Hopefully something will happen to bring in more players. We have some ideas about the way we want to play.”

Sunderland are also looking to shift out several players considered surplus to requirements before the deadline, with Emanuele Giaccherini’s season-long loan switch to Italian side Bologna expected to be confirmed today.

The Black Cats have been in talks with the Serie A outfit for several weeks over Giaccherini, with Advocaat not convinced that the Italian international is suited to the Premier League.

Giaccherini was not even on the bench for Sunderland’s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday and underwent a medical at Bologna yesterday.

It will bring an end to Giaccherini’s two-year stint at the Stadium of Light, which has been marked by both injury problems and only a sporadic impact to justify the £6.5million that Sunderland shelled out to land the ex-Juventus man.

But Sunderland hope that the 30-year-old will not be the last player to leave the club before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Sunderland are desperate to shift out the likes of Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Charis Mavrias and Valentin Roberge, who have no place in Advocaat’s plans.

Advocaat said: “We have to get rid of some players, with all respect to them. Some managers like certain players and others don’t.”