Report: Sunderland want nine-assist Hakeeb Adelakun; Crystal Palace also keen

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

Sunderland and Crystal Palace are among the sides interested in Hakeeb Adelakun after his brilliant season in League One.

Hakeeb Adelakun of Scunthorpe United in action during the Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay match between Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town at Glanford Park on November 14, 2017 in...Hakeeb Adelakun

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Sunderland are leading the race to sign Scunthorpe winger Hakeeb Adelakun during the January transfer window - but the Black Cats face a battle with a number of sides.

Adelakun has been excellent for the League One side this season, helping Graham Alexander's men put themselves within touching distance of the automatic-promotion spots in the division.

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.Chris Coleman

Only one player in the league has provided more assists than the nine that the 21-year-old has contributed this term, and unsurprisingly, the Mail reports that interest in the youngster is growing.

According to the Mail, Sunderland want to sign the attacker, but Crystal Palace are keeping a keen eye on his progress, while the Black Cats' Championship rivals Barnsley and Hull City are also interested.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace ahead of the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Scunthorpe want £1 million for Adelakun, the Mail adds, but perhaps the chasing pack may try their luck with a lower bid - if they do indeed make an offer - as he is out of contract at the end of the season at Glanford Park so could end up moving for a nominal fee.

If Sunderland were able to land the former Eagles trainee and he was able to replicate the form that he is currently showing in the third tier, it would undoubtedly do their chances of survival in the Championship the world of good, but it certainly appears that they will have several hurdles to clear before they can get a deal across the line with a number of teams also keen.

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