Queens Park Rangers really did not want any more competition in the race to sign Burnley striker Tom Bradshaw this month.
But according to the Mirror, crisis-ridden Sunderland have now expressed their interest in the striker, meaning QPR’s job has got even harder after links with Ipswich Town and Reading emerged at the start of the month.
And while Ian Holloway’s Rangers are far from prolific, no side in the Championship needs a centre-forward quite like Sunderland.
Not only are the Black Cats bottom of the table, they have also lost their two senior strikers this month. James Vaughan has left to join Wigan Athletic, but that is nothing compared to the frustration of seeing top-scorer Lewis Grabban recalled by parent club Bournemouth.
And Bradshaw would be a brave man if he decided to leave fellow strugglers Barnsley for the chance to lead the line at Chris Coleman’s side.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Tykes, equalling last season’s tally of eight league goals with 15 games to spare. Clearly, he should offer more of a goal threat than Vaughan who, for all his hard work, managed a paltry two in 22 Championship appearances for Sunderland.
But it is difficult to see why Bradshaw would see Sunderland as an enticing opportunity right now, on paper anyway.
Then again, the Wearsiders are one of the Championship’s biggest clubs and Bradshaw knows Coleman well, the manager handing him his debut for the Welsh national team back in 2016.
And Bradshaw may have nothing to lose. If Sunderland go down, his impressive spell at Barnsley will probably hand him an easy escape route and, if he scores the goals to keep them up, he will be a hero.
Win-win. Sort of.