Report: Sunderland rejected chance to sign £6m Aston Villa newbie Rudy Gestede

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The Benin striker was signed by Tim Sherwood last week.

Last week saw Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood move to replace former star striker Christian Benteke. The man charged with doing so is former Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede. The Benin international arrived for a fee which is reported by the Daily Mail to be worth around £6 million.

Of course he was linked with plenty of other clubs this summer and it has now been revealed that one such team decided not to sign him.

It is reported by The Shields Gazette that Sunderland were offered the opportunity to sign Gestede for themselves at £6 million by Blackburn Rovers. However, they rejected the move for the 26-year-old former Cardiff City striker.

That move might seem odd, considering Sunderland’s current striking options.

Jermain Defoe is a potent scorer but certainly not what he used to be, Steven Fletcher has struggled for form in recent times, as has Danny Graham. Meanwhile, Connor Wickham was recently sold to Crystal Palace – leaving Sunderland with improvements to be had up front.

Gestede may not have the Premier League experience the club want or, he might just not be the type of player that Sunderland are after.

However, The Black Cats can’t go around rejecting potentially affordable deals for strikers all summer. Especially those who scored 22 goals in 44 games last season.

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