Sunderland are striving to sign an extra striker before the transfer window's closure, with Wolfsburg's Patrick Helmes, Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner and Manchester City's Craig Bellamy looming large on Steve Bruce's shopping list.
Other potential targets include Tottenham's Peter Crouch and possibly Jermain Defoe as Bruce seeks a partner for his currently out of sorts lone forward Asamoah Gyan.
Although Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, admires Gyan and could conceivably attempt to negotiate some form of player-exchange deal Sunderland have long insisted the Ghana international is not for sale.
Bruce, currently the subject of disaffection from Wearside fans, has signed 10 new players for a collective outlay of around £30m already this summer, including two strikers, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won.
Both, though, are young and inexperienced and, after seeing his side score one goal in four games, a manager who accepts his hopes of securing another loan deal for Manchester United's Danny Welbeck are nonexistent now deems the acquisition of a more established attacking recruit as essential.
"We've brought in Ji and Wickham as players for the future," said Bruce. "We've definitely got two players of potential there but we won't see the best of either of them for a year to 18 months.
"In the meantime we need a bit extra up front. If we're honest we've been a bit lacking in that department since Darren Bent left for Aston Villa last January so we'll do all we can to bring someone in by Wednesday night. We'll just have to try our best and see if it's possible."
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