With Jayden Stockley in the form of his life, it was only a matter of time before the Exeter City talisman started to attract interest from clubs higher up the Football League.
Stockley has scored 16 times in 24 League Two starts, including a hat-trick against Yeovil Town in December.
The Mirror (2 January, page 45) has reported that a Sunderland side who have been heavily tipped to sign a striker in January are battling League One title rivals Portsmouth for his signature.
And Jack Ross’ Black Cats appear to have been handed a major boost in pursuit of the 25-year-old Stockley.
"We haven’t made an approach for him (Stockley), he’s not one we are looking at,” Jackett said.
With a release clause of just £750,000 in his contract, Stockley could prove to be a bargain signing for a Sunderland side who are hoping to ensure their spell in the third tier of English football is a short one.
Sunderland are third in the table as things stand, seven points adrift of Portsmouth albeit with two games in hand.
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