Report: Sunderland eye bargain deal for Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Bolton frontman Gary Madine may be Chris Coleman's first signing as Sunderland manager.

Gary Madine of Bolton during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Bolton Wanderers at the Kassam Stadium on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, England.

Gary Madine contributed heavily to Simon Grayson’s departure from Sunderland, scoring in the 3-3 home draw with Bolton Wanderers that preceded the manager’s rather inevitable sacking in late October.

Ironically, however, Madine could now be one of the first players brought to the Stadium of Light by Grayson’s successor, Chris Coleman.

The Sunderland Echo report that Coleman knows he has to be intelligent in the transfer market due to the lack of funds at his disposal – and has therefore turned his attention towards a potential bargain deal for the Bolton Wanderers frontman.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Madine, a striker with North East roots who was born in Gateshead, has scored just six goals in 21 appearances for Bolton this season, including two in the weekend’s 3-1 win against Barnsley.

The 27-year-old also has plenty of Championship experience, having previously represented Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool in the second tier. It remains to be seen, however, whether Bolton would be receptive to Sunderland’s approach.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace (L) and Gary Madine of Bolton (R) battle for possession during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers at Selhurst...

The similarly cash-strapped Wanderers will have to sell in order to buy in the New Year but it goes without saying that they would be taking a major risk allowing their first-choice centre-forward to move to a side who could end up fighting against them for Championship survival.

Nonetheless, a new goalscorer is needed on Wearside with the future of Bournemouth loanee Lewis Grabban uncertain and James Vaughan hardly setting the world alight.

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