Sunderland willing to spend big on a striker: Three potential targets

Robin Van Persie celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester United

Sunderland are said to be willing to spend big on a striker.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

According to the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland are prepared to spend big on a striker this summer.

In this article, we take a look at three potential additions that they should make up front.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson applauds the fans after the game

Persuading Bournemouth to part with Wilson would be a tough ask, but if Sunderland were prepared to invest - then the 24-year-old would surely be a great addition.

Wilson is quick and a deadly finisher, and he would make an ideal long-term replacement for Jermain Defoe.

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Bony’s time at City appears to be coming to an end, but he would make a valuable signing for Sunderland.

Bony would make the perfect foil for Defoe, with the Ivorian able to win the physical battle against defenders.

Bony has been prolific with Swansea before, and if he could find that form for Sunderland, he would enhance Sam Allardyce’s attacking options considerably.

Robin Van Persie (Fenerbache)

Robin Van Persie celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester United

While Van Persie may not cost Sunderland too much in terms of transfer fee, they would have to commit a sizeable amount of wages to convince him to move to the Stadium of Light.

Van Persie is unlikely to move for cheap - but his arrival on Wearside would certainly be a signal of intent.

The Dutch international may be 32-year-old, but he remains a wonderful finisher and his partnership with Defoe would have the potential to be deadly.

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