According to the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland have been linked with a move for Rey Manaj.
The report highlights how the Black Cats are keen to bolster their striking options this month, and with Swansea City’s Andre Ayew a difficult proposition the club are now said to be looking abroad.
Roma striker Seydou Doumbia is one player mentioned, yet rather surprisingly Sunderland are also said to be tracking Inter Milan youngster Rey Manaj.
The 18-year-old forward moved to Italy during his school years and attracted plenty of attention while performing for Cremonese in Italy’s second division last season.
Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AS Roma were said to be monitoring his progress yet it was Inter Milan who won the race to sign him, bringing him in on a five-year contract last summer.
Manaj has made three Serie A substitute appearances for Inter this season, impressing the Italian giants and subsequently winning international recognition with Albania.
The Sunderland Echo reports that the talented forward is highly-rated by his parent club, yet Inter are willing to allow him to leave on loan in order to get some much-needed first-team action.
The Premier League may not be the ideal scenario for a young foreigner to learn his trade, yet Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce is weighing up all options as he seeks to bolster his side’s forward line.
The Wearside club currently occupy 19th position in the Premier League table, four points from safety.