Report: Sunderland willing to spend big for new striker

Sunderland fans

Sunderland are said to be keen on a deal for West Ham forward Diafra Sakho.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

According to the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland are willing to pay big in their hunt for a new striker this summer.

The Black Cats are set to be busy in the transfer window as Sam Allardyce looks to ensure they avoid another relegation fight next season.

He is determined to strengthen his forward options given how heavily they relied on Jermain Defoe last season.

Sunderland's Jermain DefoeSunderland's Jermain Defoe

The veteran striker scored 18 goals in all competitions, with Fabio Borini, Steven Fletcher and Duncan Watmore only managing 13 between them.

As a result, Allardyce is desperate to bring in a quality frontman to either partner Defoe or replace him next season.

And according to the Sunderland Echo, he is willing to spend big on such a player, especially given that the influx of TV money this summer has increased price tags.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West HamDiafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

Their main target appears to be West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho, who the Echo report will cost them around £15 million.

The Hammers are not willing to sell until they find a replacement though, meaning Sunderland may end up having to wait until they can secure their man.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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