Free agent nternational striker desperate for England move - should Sunderland sign him?

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Swiss international striker Innocent Emeghara is hoping for a move to the Premier League after becoming a free agent.

Emeghara, 25, was born in Nigeria but arrived in Switzerland aged 13, and began to work his way through the footballing pyramid with spells at FC Toss, Winterthur, FC Zurich and Grasshoppers before getting his big move to France with Lorient. However, Emeghara struggled in Ligue 1 with just five goals in 28 games, and he sent packing to Siena in January 2013.

It was in Italy where Emeghara began to find his feet with seven goals in 17 games, and after just six months with the eventually relegated Siena, he was loaned out to Livorno, where he hit four goals in 30 games. His loan deal ended, but then Emeghara's future was thrown into doubt after Siena folded, meaning he became a free agent. Nothing has materialised yet for the striker, but he now has his heart set on a move to England.

"I am a free agent and I am currently in England to talk to several interested parties," Emeghara told Sky Sports. "It has been a dream of mine to play in England as I believe English football is the best in the world and I feel my game suits playing in England. I want to find myself a new club as soon as possible and get back to playing and scoring goals so that I can get back in the Switzerland team."

Premier League and Championship clubs are believed to be monitoring his situation, and one of those teams is allegedly Sunderland. The Black Cats missed out on a deal to sign Liverpool's Fabio Borini on deadline day, and with rumours rife of a move for Portuguese international Hugo Almeida, it's clear that manager Gustavo Poyet is still intent on adding to his attacking options.

And Emeghara offers something that the current Sunderland strikers lack - pace. Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham are all physical and can play with their backs to goal, but Emeghara offers the ability to get in behind defences with his pace and cause problems.

He may not be a prolific goalscorer nor a big name addition, but with the transfer window closed and only free agents available, signing Emeghara on a short-term contract may be a wise move from Sunderland.

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