With new boss Jack Ross at the helm Sunderland have been going about overhauling their squad in recent weeks. With the Northern Echo reporting that attacker Chris Maguire is on the verge of signing, it seems as though Ross is in the market for another goalscorer.
Wimbledon forward Lyle Taylor has been strongly linked with a move to Wearside recently, but Sunderland face competition from Wigan, Southend, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough, according to the Daily Mail.
The 6ft2 Montserrat international could be available on a free transfer if he turns down the offer made to him by the Dons. The 28-year-old signed for the club in the summer of 2015 from Scunthorpe United.
The wealth of interest in Taylor comes after he scored 18 goals in all competitions last season for Wimbledon, which included a spell of netting 12 in 14 matches.
However, if Sunderland are looking for a starting striker for next year they may be better off looking at Forest Green Rovers striker Christian Doidge.
Although Taylor may have proven he can score in League One, his goals to game ratio is not as impressive as you might imagine. In the league last year he managed 14 goals in 46 matches and the season before that he scored just 10 in 43.
Doidge on the other hand bagged 20 goals in 42 League Two matches last season and 25 in just 41 National League appearances the year before.
At 25 years-old, Doidge is three years younger than Taylor and with his work-rate and ability to hold the ball up, he could be the man to lead the line for Ross’s new-look Black Cats next season.
On a free transfer, Taylor would certainly not be the worst decision the Sunderland board have made in recent years, but with a slightly smarter signing they could secure a player for the future as well as the present.
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