Massive update on Sunderland’s pursuit of international attacker

According to reports from The Chronicle, Sunderland are unlikely to sign Norwich City forward Steven Naismith during the January transfer window.

Black Cats boss David Moyes sought a summer reunion with the Scotland international, who he signed for Everton in 2012, but a loan deal collapsed on Deadline Day.

Earlier this week, Mirror Football reported that Sunderland would look to launch a fresh approach for Naismith in January, with Moyes still keen on the 30-year-old.

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But according to The Chronicle, a January switch to the Stadium of Light is incredibly unlikely.

First of all, Sunderland have already maxed out their quota of domestic loans on Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer – in fact, The Chronicle claim Moyes cancelled a loan deal for Naismith to sign the Manchester City youngster instead.

That means only a permanent transfer would be viable. But if the Sunderland boss has funds available in January to sign another striker, he’ll reportedly target a younger and more prolific alternative.

More of a nomadic forward than an out-and-out goalscorer, Naismith has netted just 96 times in 392 appearances at club level throughout his career.

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