Barely a day goes by these days without a new centre-forward being tipped to make a January switch to Wearside. Liam Boyce, Kyle Lafferty and Billy Sharp are all on the radar of the League One giants and, with Madine’s ill-fated spell in South Wales coming to an end, it is no surprise that he too is a target.
Cardiff confirmed on Thursday that they had parted company with a striker who failed to justify his eye-watering £6 million price-tag with a single goal for the Bluebirds. And Madine’s free agent status has not gone unnoticed.
The Northern Echo claims that the Gateshead-born targetman is under consideration by Sunderland – despite his well-publicised love of a certain Tyneside-based outfit. Black Cats supporters would certainly be willing to overlook Madine’s black and white past, however, if he fires them out of the third tier.
The 29-year-old helped Bolton win promotion to the Championship as recently as 2017, when Phil Parkinson was in charge at the Macron Stadium.
Parkinson, who replaced Jack Ross at Sunderland in October, is a huge fan of an old-school bull of a centre-forward who looks perfectly suited to his direct style of football.
"He was outstanding," the experienced tactician said of Madine three years ago, as reported by The Star. "He led the line terrifically well and delivered a winning performance."
With Charlie Wyke, Will Grigg and Marc McNulty struggling to prove their worth on Wearside, reuniting Madine with a coach who got the best out of him in the past might not be a bad idea.
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