According to journalist Alan Nixon, Marc McNulty is a target for Swindon Town, which means Sunderland may have a decision to make in regards to his future.
The on-loan Reading striker has played a back-up role for much of his time at the Stadium of Light and the Robins view him as a possible signing.
Swindon are in need of a forward as top scorer Eoin Doyle was recalled by Bradford earlier this month, though their ability to sign the 27-year-old may rest on the actions of the Black Cats.
Nixon asserts that Sunderland would have to agree to let him leave, and considering they have signed Kyle Lafferty and targeted Liam Boyce, it is possible that they are preparing for his exit.
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One of the biggest factors in Sunderland’s underperformance this season has been the lacklustre efforts from their strikers.
Charlie Wyke’s return to the side has led to an upturn in form with six games unbeaten, but Will Grigg and Marc McNulty have just three league goals between them, so the need for new personnel is clear.
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McNulty has been a bit of a disaster considering he has made just 12 starts, with four coming under Phil Parkinson, and therefore it would be best for both parties if his temporary spell in the north-east was cut short.
Sunderland would be able to save on his wages and put the money towards a player like Boyce, and with Lafferty potentially better suited to a lone role, having played in such a way for Northern Ireland for several years, he is more adept to the Black Cats’ style of play.
Refreshing the attack could be vital to the team in the second half of the campaign and it would perhaps add variety to the north-east outfit.
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