Doncaster Rovers could lose star striker John Marquis with League One rivals Sunderland reportedly battling Champioship duo Millwall and QPR.

Doncaster Rovers want £1 million for star striker John Marquis this summer, according to The Sun (18 June, page 52) – a fee which is unlikely to put off League One rivals Sunderland.

The Black Cats missed out on a return to the Championship in the most heart-breaking fashion last season, conceding a 94th minute winner against Charlton Athletic in the play-off final at Wembley.

But the cruel facts are that Sunderland would probably have secured automatic promotion had they not sold top scorer Josh Maja to Bordeaux in January. Will Grigg, signed for big money as his replacement, failed to fill the void and Jack Ross’s side have been left crying out for a new centre-forward to fill Maja’s boots.

Though Marquis, a proven lower league goalscorer who hit 26 for Doncaster in 2018/19, could fit the bill.

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The Northern Echo claims that Sunderland are set to move for the 27-year-old, who was keen to join them in January. Former club Millwall are keen too while Queens Park Rangers are also lining up a bid.

And with Doncaster demanding just £1 million for their prized asset, Marquis is surely in Sunderland’s price range.

That is a small price to pay, quite literally, for a Sunderland side who appear to be one reliable goalscorer away from a return to the relative big-time.

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