Sunderland AFC transfer rumours: Cats and Wigan Athletic linked with QPR's ex-Lincoln City, Charlton Athletic and Colchester United striker

Promotion rivals Sunderland and Wigan Athletic have been linked with a striker plying his trade with one of their rivals in League One.

The Black Cats and Latics are both said to be ‘chasing’ Queens Park Rangers striker Macauley Bonne this month.

That’s according to the website Football Insider

The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan deal at Ipswich Town after signing with the Tractor Boys in the summer.

Bonne has netted 11 goals in 23 games in League One and that has led both Sunderland and Wigan to monitor Bonne’s situation at Ipswich.

The attacker signed for Championship outfit QPR back in the summer of 2020 after a productive stint with Charlton Athletic but has failed to make an impact in London.

The Ipswich-born player has featured 35 times for the Hoops but has only managed three league goals.

Bonne is also a full international and has been capped by the Zimbabwe national team on two occasions.

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IPSWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Macauley Bonne of Ipswich Town celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Ipswich Town and Shrewsbury Town at Portman Road on October 09, 2021 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

As well as Ipswich, QPR and Charlton, Bonne has also played for Colchester, Lincoln City, Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Woking.

Bonne is the first striker to be linked with a move to Wearside since the injury to Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead.

The Welsh attacker will likely miss three months with a hamstring injury leaving just Ross Stewart as Lee Johnson’s singular option upfront.

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Benji Kimpioka and Aiden O’Brien can both play up-front but have both struggled for minutes this season.

In 302 senior club games across all competitions since turning professional, Bonne has netted 92 goals.

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