Report: Wolves eyeing January deal for in-form Sunderland loanee Lewis Grabban

Wolves fans celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Lewis Grabban is on loan at Sunderland from Bournemouth but Wolves could benefit from a release clause in his contract.

Lewis Grabban of Sunderland scores a goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in...

Thank god for Lewis Grabban. As it stands, Sunderland are just a point off the bottom of the Championship but, without the ten goals scored by their on-loan talisman, the prospect of successive relegations would be very real indeed.

After all, this is a Sunderland side light on attacking quality. So boasting a player who is currently joint fourth in the Golden Boot race is absolutely invaluable, while making new manager Chris Coleman’s chances of reviving the perennial underachieves just that little bit easier.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

But according to TEAMtalk, it is far from certain that Grabban will be a Sunderland player after the January transfer window. It is understood that parent club Bournemouth put a recall clause in his contract – meaning they could cut his spell at the Stadium of Light short before selling him on in the New Year.

The report adds that a Fulham side who have struggled for goals this season are interested, as are Championship leaders and clear promotion favourites Wolves.

Lewis Grabban of Sunderland celebrates with James Vaughan of Sunderland after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County...

It appears that the Black Country side are one back-up striker away from boasting a complete squad with Leo Bonatini lacking any real support or competition in attack. Grabban, however, is a proven Championship striker who is not only starring this season but has plenty of history at second tier level.

Grabban plundered 22 goals for Bournemouth in 2013/14 and also fired in a further 12 to help Norwich City earn promotion the season after. But Wolves’ gain would most definitely be Sunderland’s loss.

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