Report: Signing a striker is paramount in Sunderland transfer plans

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is determined to add another striker to his squad.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce had made signing another striker of paramount importance in the summer transfer window, according to the Shields Gazette.

The Black Cats relied heavily on Jermain Defoe last season as he bagged the goals that helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Arsenal's Petr Cech saves from Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Defoe finished the campaign with 18 goals in all competitions, 15 of which came in the Premier League. In contrast fellow strikers Fabio Borini, Steven Fletcher and Duncan Watmore only managed 12 between them across the campaign.

That makes adding another to the current playing squad of paramount importance for manager Sam Allardyce, according to the Shields Gazette.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

According to their report, he is keen to sign a player who can either play alongside the veteran hit man or offer an alternative to him. Who that striker could be remains to be seen, with the Black Cats having so far been frustrated in their pursuits.

West Ham United turned down an £11 million bid for Diafra Sakho according to the Mirror, although Allardyce remains interested in bringing his former Hammers star to the Stadium of Light.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

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