Gus Poyet is on the lookout for a striker and could return to previous target and free agent Hugo Almeida, having previously held talks.
With Jozy Altidore struggling for goals and Danny Graham potentially heading to Middlesbrough on loan, Sunderland could well be in the market for a new striker at the Stadium of Light.
Thought the presence of Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher in the first-team squad means there is little reason to panic, with a busy season ahead, the Black Cats could do well to bolster their squad with a quality attacking addition.
And while the club previously failed to agree a deal to sign out-of-contract Portugal international Hugo Almeida over the summer, the 30-year-old has yet to agree terms with Queens Park Rangers.
According to a report from TMW, negotiations have stalled over the forward’s contract demands, though QPR boss Harry Redknapp remains eager to recruit a new striker to the Loftus Road fold.
This hold-up could allow Sunderland to launch a late second bid to bring the ex-Besiktas man to Wearside – provided the club improves on it’s previous contract offer for the player.
Something of a traditional forward, possessingnatural ability in the air and fearsome shot, Almeida manager 13 goals in Turkey last season and is highly experienced, having previously impressed with Porto and Werder Bremen.
He is one of several strikers still available as free agents following the close of the transfer window, with former Valencia star Jonas and ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and West Brom man Nicolas Anelka also available.
But with time and options fast running out for Sunderland, Poyet could yet reconsider his and the club’s stance on Almeida, as they look to avoid another season spent at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
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