In an interview with Colombian radio station Caracol Radio, Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega has claimed that his agent has been in contract with Sunderland over a potential move to the Stadium of Light.
Rodallega, 29, has scored nine goals in 20 Championship appearances for Fulham this season, having remained at Craven Cottage over the summer despite both the club’s relegation and reported interest in his signature from River Plate.
Nevertheless, the Colombia international’s contract in west London is set to expire in six months’ time and, with Premier League clubs looking for potential bargain signings this month, a move in the coming weeks has been mooted.
With Sunderland known to be looking for additional firepower, the North East outfit were claimed to be preparing a bid last week, and Rodallega has now revealed that, while he is not sure if a concrete proposal has been made, there has at least been some interest.
“It has been rumoured in the past two days the Sunderland has made a proposal to Fulham, but I'm not sure,” he said.
“I talked to my agent and he told me that they have been in contact with him.”
With Jozy Altidore looking all but set to leave Sunderland in the near future, manager Gus Poyet could do a lot worse than replace the misfiring front man with Rodallega, although whether he is the best man for the job is up for debate.
The former Wigan star has impressed in the top-flight in the past, but his goalscoring record suggests his impact with the Black Cats would be far from earth-shattering.