Sunderland, Updated: June 27, 2016 7:53 AM
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Sunderland have fought off interest in Jermain Defoe and are now actively looking to add a quality partner to play alongside him.
Defoe’s goals helped save the Black Cats from the drop last season and they were keen to get him tied down to a new deal as rivals Premier League clubs were ready to make a move but Sunderland got their way and Defoe signed a new deal.
Now the search is on for a striker to play alongside him with West Ham’s Diafra Sacko still thought to be the favourite despite the Hammers turning down their offer for the Senegal international.
Rumours at the weekend had former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko linked to the Black Cats but he is said to earn £140,000 a week at Roma so that appears to end that interest, unless he is willing to accept a major pay cut.