Newcastle are just one of a number of big English sides eyeing a Leyton Orient striker.
Newcastle United are just one of a number of teams reportedly tracking Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne ahead of the January transfer window, but he would provide Sunderland with all the ammunition required for promotion.
The Sun claim Leicester City are leading a whole host of Premier League clubs in the chase for 23-year-old Bonne, who is valued at the £500,000 mark. Newcastle, Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Crystal Palace are also said to be keen.
Championship clubs Norwich, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Sheffield United are also said to be interested, while Leeds United have been previously linked with the forward since the summer window.
But none of those clubs are going to be able to guarantee Bonne immediate first-team football. As a National League player, Bonne is being targeted as a striker to act as cover for the Championship and Premier League sides’ main man.
Bonne has been in sensational form for Orient this season, scoring 16 goals and adding another four assists in his 23 National League outings. He has pushed Orient to the top of the table, where they sit on 50 points from 24 games.
However, the former Colchester United striker is set to see his contract at Orient expire in the summer window. It means that if Orient want to receive some money for Bonne, they have to sell him in the January market.
The report claims his asking price is just £500,000 and that has to convince Sunderland to rival the reportedly interested sides, using a trump card by offering guaranteed first-team football.
Charlie Wyke remains sidelined while Duncan Watmore is preferred out wide. Jerome Sinclair has been somewhat inconsistent. To fire themselves to promotion, Sunderland need a proven out-and-out goalscorer, and Bonne is just that.
Landing him ahead of Newcastle would be a major coup for Sunderland, but it is a move that they could easily secure as the League One outfit would be able to make promises about first-team football.