Sunderland should make shock Ollie Palmer move once exit deals go through

According to reports in The Northern Echo, Sunderland are hopeful that they can bring in a new striker if they offload Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong this week, and Jack Ross should make a shock move for in-form Crawley Town striker Ollie Palmer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, even though Josh Maja is on form and Charlie Wyke is nearer to making his debut as he continues his return from injury, it seems obvious that the Black Cats need to bring in another option up top in what is going to be a long and difficult League One campaign as they look to make an instant return to the Championship.

The Northern Echo says that the Wearside outfit are hopeful of offloading unwanted duo Djilobodji and Ndong – neither of whom have been involved this term – before the transfer window closes in a number of European leagues on Friday, with Ross turning his attentions to grabbing a striker before then.

Meanwhile, Palmer only joined League Two team Crawley Town from Mansfield Town in the summer, but he has already hit the ground running.

Why should Sunderland sign him?

Well, not only has the 26-year-old begun the 2018/19 campaign by scoring five goals in five league appearances for Harry Kewell’s men to show how clinical he can be, he would also offer them something different to what they have already.

Palmer stands at 6ft 5in tall and is therefore strong in the air, and he would complement the likes of Maja and Wyke who are much smaller, potentially even forming an effective strike partnership with either of them.

It would be a shock move in a way considering he has never played above League Two level before, but there is no doubt that he is at a good age where can still improve, and he has the physical attributes to be a real success in League One for the Black Cats in what is a hugely important season, at least.