Sunderland ARE making enquiries for potential striker targets, as Dick Advocaat looks to boost the Black Cats’ firepower.
Advocaat, whose squad will reassemble at the Academy of Light today after their pre-season trip to North America, continues to eye “one or two” fresh faces before the end of the transfer window to boost Sunderland’s chances of avoiding another relegation battle.
Advocaat and Congerton are thought to have identified a new frontman as a priority and are understood to have lined up potential targets.
While Sunderland are conscious of the need to reduce the club’s wage bill by offloading those considered surplus to requirements, sporting director Lee Congerton is also making moves to add to the four signings who have arrived at the Stadium of Light so far this summer.
Sunderland are deliberately being discreet over further incomings after the captures of Jeremain Lens, Younes Kaboul, Adam Matthews and Sebastian Coates.
But Advocaat and Congerton are thought to have identified a new frontman as a priority and are understood to have lined up potential targets.
New Newcastle signing Aleksandar Mitrovic is thought to have been one player considered by Sunderland at the start of the transfer window.
But Advocaat didn’t feel that Mitrovic, who has subsequently joined the Magpies in a £12.5million deal, was the right fit for his strategy, while there were also doubts over the Serbian’s temperament.
Advocaat realises that Sunderland need to improve the supply lines into the frontmen too, yet only relegated Burnley netted fewer goals than the Black Cats last season.
Sunderland are expected to offload one of their four existing striker to make way for a new addition and that is the club’s immediate focus, with three or four players on the wage bill who are not part of the head coach’s plans.
Either Danny Graham or Steven Fletcher are likely to depart to make way for a fresh face, with the pair both in the final 12 months of their contracts at the Stadium of Light.
Graham is understood to have been given an indication from Advocaat that he will get some game-time this season, if he remains a Sunderland player.
Fletcher, meanwhile, was the subject of speculation linking him with a £4m move to Swansea over the weekend.
But Swansea sources have played down that suggestion, with the Welsh club only likely to be in the market for a new striker if Bafetimbi Gomis leaves the Liberty Stadium.