Sunderland have made an impressive start to life in League One as they look to secure an instant return to the Championship under new manager Jack Ross, but they should look to strengthen their squad even further with a loan swoop for unwanted Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios.
Well, with summer signing Charlie Wyke still returning from injury, 19-year-old Josh Maja has been starting up top and has impressed by scoring four league goals in four matches.
However, even with Wyke’s return edging closer, the Black Cats may well need another option to ensure that they are well covered until the January transfer window at the very least.
Meanwhile, Forest boss Aitor Karanka has made no secret of his desire to offload Vellios by failing to involve him in the squad during the Championship campaign so far following a big summer of spending, despite the fact he was a regular from the substitutes’ bench at the end of last season.
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The 26-year-old, who has eight caps for Greece, clearly has no future at the City Ground with the Reds are desperate to get rid of him before August 31, and the Wearside outfit must take advantage of that.
While his record of eight goals in 45 games for Forest is hardly impressive, you would still argue that he hasn’t been given enough opportunities given many of those outings have come from the bench, and while not playing in a team that is doing well at the time.
Vellios’ height means that he would bring something that neither Wyke or Maja particularly do in terms of aerial threat and brute strength, and the 26-year-old would also arrive at the Stadium of Light with a big point to prove – something that would only be a positive for the club and Ross in their bid to win the League One title.