Report: Sunderland targeting goalscoring striker as main priority, willing to use Connor Wickham funds in deal

Sunderland are still looking to further strengthen before the end of the transfer window.

Sunderland look set to lose Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace in the coming days, and a report in the Chronicle has outlined the Black Cats’ new philosophy in the transfer market.

With four new signings already brought in, it is clear that head coach Dick Advocaat started work on the defensive line. Three of the four players signed are defenders, with Jeremain Lens the only creative force brought to the club as of now.

However, the Dutch coach wants this lack of attacking strength to be fixed in the coming weeks, and a goalscoring striker is Sunderland’s highest priority for this transfer window.

It appears as if one more deal is set to go through before the Wearside club move for a striker, with the report referencing the deal for Yann M’Vila. The midfielder, who currently turns out for Rubin Kazan, is said to be closing in on a move to the Stadium of Light.

When this deal is completed, Advocaat will switch his attentions to signing a striker, and the influx of cash from the Wickham deal - stated in the report as being worth roughly £9 million - will be used to bring in a goalscorer.

Two strikers have been linked with the club in recent weeks, with the Daily Mirror claiming that Advocaat wants a reunion with Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia, whilst the same media outlet has previously reported that Moussa Sow, currently of Fenerbahce, is the club’s top target.

Both will be available for a fraction of the price that Wickham will be sold for, and they have goal records which show a wealth of promise, and which should be making Advocaat go all out to sign the strikers.

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