The misfiring Northern Ireland international has found himself out of the team in recent weeks, not starting a match since the 14th of December, and that has prompted interest from the League Two duo.
Nixon reports that each side is pursuing a loan deal for the forward but it is not yet clear whether the Black Cats are tempted by the interest or what kind of offer is on the table. It would, however, be interesting to see if his wage demands were met.
Previously, Nixon has stated that Sunderland would need to contribute towards some of his wages if the striker joined Blackpool.
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Phil Parkinson may have added a striker to his squad already this month in the form of Kyle Lafferty but there is a real need for extra firepower if Sunderland are to continue their impressive run of six matches unbeaten.
Between Grigg, Marc McNulty and Charlie Wyke, they have just five league goals, and with the former pair seemingly unfancied by Parkinson, evidenced by Wyke starting the last six games, it would be wise to strengthen.
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Grigg’s departure has the potential to free up much-needed funds, and with a number of reported targets being linked over recent days it is apparent that the Sunderland boss is not satisfied with his squad.
However, a change in circumstances that see Grigg leave may change that, and if a replacement is brought in then the team’s likelihood of success could be enhanced.
Standing at 6 foot 2 and 6 foot 4 tall respectively Wyke and Lafferty both fit the target man mould and could fulfil the lone striker role. However, a forward with instinctive finishing, as Grigg has often displayed with 101 goals in 297 League One appearances, could supply Parkinson with an impact sub and an alternative to his other options.
For example, Boyce’s 13 goals this term demonstrate that he has the quality to score goals in League One, and doing so for Sunderland could be the extra push they require to enter the automatic promotion places.
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