Leeds United turned down the chance to loan Chris Martin from Derby County, so the striker joined Championship rivals Reading instead.
Derby County’s Chris Martin has fallen out of favour at the club.
Linked with Derby's Chris Martin, instead of signing an experienced striker Sunderland ended up with Ashley Fletcher from Middlesbrough.
Reading are reportedly close to securing a deal for the Derby County hitman.
Sunderland simply must bring in a proven goalscorer in the coming days. There can be no excuses.
The former Dundee United star has turned down a contract offer with the Rams and is believed to favour a move to the States.
Fulham are said to be 'in a three-way tussle' with Sunderland and Reading to sign Derby County's Martin
The Derby County striker no longer appears to be Sunderland bound.
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers were facing competition from Sunderland and Fulham for Derby County striker Chris Martin.
Derby County forward Chris Martin has become Chris Coleman's top target at Sunderland.