Sunderland barely have two pennies to rub together ahead of the January transfer window. But, according to The Mail, they are still willing to splash out £1 million on Scunthorpe United’s Hakeeb Adelakun.
The winger has come on leaps and bounds this season and scored four goals in his last nine games, winning the EFL Young Player of the Month award in November. But with his contract up in the summer, Scunthorpe face a fight to hold onto Adelakun with Sunderland manager Chris Coleman aiming to add to his attacking options.
It is understood that Hull City, Barnsley and Crystal Palace, where Adelakun started out, are also interested in the 21-year-old. Whether Adelakun is ready for a second chance at Palace is up for debate but Roy Hodgson's side could do with some extra pace and trickery in the final third to ease the pressure on the talisman Wilfried Zaha.
But if Sunderland are to raid League One promotion chasers Scunthorpe in January, is there another player they should put right at the top of their wishlist?
While Adelakun has performed impressively this season, Josh Morris remains The Iron’s go-to man and has outscored his in-demand team-mate by four goals so far in 2017/18. A dynamic midfielder with an eye for the spectacular, Morris’ long-range brilliance and trademark set-pieces saw him net 19 times in 44 League One games last season and he is on track to post a similar tally this time around.
Considering that Sunderland’s top scoring midfielder this season, George Honeyman (below), has just three, Morris could add another dimension to The Black Cats’ attack – if they could afford him that is.