However, according to reports, it is in fact a striker that they move for today.
Sunderland are reportedly readying a bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes. The Sun are reporting that Dick Advocaat is a big fan of the player, who remains a target for local rivals Middlesbrough this month.
The report claims that Sunderland chief Lee Congerton is ready to stump up £8 million for the player. In an added incentive, he will also offer Blackburn either Will Buckley or Danny Graham with their wages paid. This would certainly intrigue Blackburn, who are currently under a transfer embargo, making new signings difficult.
The same report claims that Blackburn rejected a £14 million bid from Boro, but would be willing to sell him to a Premier League club for less this summer.
Do Sunderland need him?
Another striker would not go amiss at Sunderland, but they could certainly do with spending that money on another defender.
New signings Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul were absolutely shocking against Leicester yesterday and the Wearside outfit might be targeting players at the wrong end of the pitch.