Sunderland are monitoring the situation of Manchester City youngster John Guidetti and are weighing up a transfer move this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old forward spent 2011-12 on loan at Eredivisie side Feyenoord, and starred for the Rotterdam outfit by scoring 20 goals, including three hat-tricks.
However, with the prospect returning to the Etihad Stadium after his temporary deal in Holland it remains to be seem whether Roberto Mancini will look to send him out on loan once more, or deem him surplus to requirements.
With the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Emmanuel Adebayor in their striking ranks the Premier League champions are overloaded in that area, and as such Guidetti could be allowed to leave the club.
Sunderland need a new striker after Nicklas Bendtner returned to Arsenal after a one-year loan spell at the Stadium of Light.
Martin O’Neill is keen to bolster his Black Cats squad this transfer window, and is also weighing up moves for former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar and Wigan’s Mohamed Diame.
Finally, Besiktas midfielder Manuel Fernandes has also emerged as a potential target for the Wearside club, as he is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the Turkish side and could be available at an affordable price.
By Gareth McKnight