Sunderland should consider move for Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson

Sunderland should look to bolster their attacking options with Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani.

Sunderland are in need of firepower and a move for Cristhian Stuani from their North-East rivals Middlesbrough would prove to be a shrewd piece of business,

The Black Cats have already boosted their forward line, after securing the signing of James Vaughan from Bury. As reported by the BBC, the former Everton striker has joined on a two-year deal in a deal worth £900,000.

The 29-year-old had an impressive season in League One, scoring 24 goals for the Shakers. Despite getting back to his best, Vaughan will need assistance with the goals at the Stadium of Light, as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Bury's James Vaughan in action with AFC Wimbledon's Jonathan MeadesJames Vaughan is back in the Championship after one season in League One

One player that would be a hit on Tyneside is Stuani. The 30-year-old Uruguay international has been at the Riverside Stadium for two seasons and has notched up 16 goals in 67 games for Boro.

Sunderland fans will be aware of Stuani's capabilities, after he scored both goals in Middlesbrough's 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League last season (BBC).

Whilst his goals record is not amongst the league's elite, the former Espanyol forward has been a big hit on Teesside.

Despite this, Stuani's future at Middlesbrough may be in doubt following the £9 million signing of Denmark international Martin Braithwaite from Toulouse (Sky Sports).

Boro continue to be heavily linked as the front runners for Nottingham Forest forward Britt Assombalonga. A £14 million bid is being lined up, according to the Sun. If Garry Monk is successful in landing the highly coveted Assombalonga, then Stauni will be pushed further down the pecking order and may look to secure first-team football elsewhere.

With this in mind, Sunderland should make a move and could potentially land an international striker in a cut-price deal.

Middlesbrough's Christian Stuani celebrates scoring their first goalStuani scored two of his four Premier League goals against Sunderland last season

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