According to the Mirror, Dick Advocaat is preparing a £15 million offer for Fenerbahce frontman Moussa Sow.
The Black Cats boss is returning for the forward after seeing a previous £12 million bid rejected as he looks to fill the gap left by Connor Wickham’s impending move to Crystal Palace - as reported by Sky Sports.
The Sunderland manager knows the Wearsiders are short quality up front and he will return to the Istanbul club with an improved bid.
For a strike force that lacked inspiration - to say the least - last season, the 29-year-old would be an invaluable addition.
The Black Cats scored a mere 31 goals throughout the previous campaign; the joint-second lowest total in the top flight.
Moussa Sow's final tally of 14 successful strikes saw him top the Fenerbahce scoring charts, taking his overall record to 51 goals in 106 league appearances for the club; averaging 15 goals each year, for the past three seasons.
He ended the campaign with a 42% shot accuracy from 2.79 shots-per-game - this saw him score 0.42 goals per appearance.
The Senegalese international has established himself as an important first team player for the Turkish outfit, but not only for his goals.
Indeed, last term he also recorded five assists in the league, while fashioning 0.8 key passes per game, as he finished the campaign as the club's fourth most creative player.
The Black Cats needed quality if they are going to avoid the drop this season.
With the increased TV money coming into play ahead of the new campaign, the club's rivals have only been seen strengthening their own playing hands and the Wearsiders quite simply need to follow suit.
Following his fifth placed finish in the Turkish Premier League top scorer charts, signing Sow would certainly be a step in the right direction for Dick Advocaat's side.