Bury manager Lee Clark has admitted that Sunderland target James Vaughan could be sold this summer, but only if the club's valuation of the striker is met.
The Sunderland Echo reports that the Black Cats have turned their attention to Vaughan in recent days and after two rejected bids from Championship clubs earlier this window, Clark has confirmed another offer has come in.
Bury's James Vaughan scores their first goal from the penalty spot
"Another bid from a Championship club has been turned down since we came away (on a training camp in Marbella)," the Shakers boss told the Bury Times.
"It did not meet the valuation we have for James.
"We don’t want to sell him and no matter what we won’t be selling him to another League One club.
"If James wants to go to a club that is in a higher division then that’s up to James, but his valuation must be met. We made that perfectly clear to James, he has given us his feedback and there are no issues."
The Bury Times report claims that the highest bid received for Vaughan so far has been £500,000, while the Sunderland Echo believe the Greater Manchester club are holding out for £1m.
Clark and chairman Stewart Day have sat down with the 28-year-old to discuss his future amid this interest and it seems an exit from Gigg Lanes could be imminent.
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson during his time as Preston boss
Newly appointed Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has worked with Vaughan before back when they were both at Huddersfield Town during the 2012/13 campaign and has admitted negotiations for the forward are ongoing.
The Everton academy graduate - who previously held the record for being the youngest Premier League player - joined Bury from Birmingham City in 2016 and scored 24 goals in 37 League One games last term. He is in the final year of his current contract at the club.