Italian reports claim Sunderland want Roma striker Edin Dzeko but boss Sam Allardyce has other priorities in the transfer market.
The former Manchester City striker joined the Serie A side permanently in October after a deal was triggered during his loan agreement when he managed to hit certain performance-related targets.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international went on to score 10 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for Roma but it’s been suggested he is not happy in Italy and would welcome a return to the Premier League, where he spent five years with City.
Reports in Italy say the Black Cats are prepared to offer £11million for the 31-year-old but a switch to the Stadium of Light looks unlikely as Allardyce would prefer to acquire either or both of Swansea’s Andre Ayew and West Ham’s Diafra Sakho instead.
The Sunderland boss knows he needs frontline reinforcements this summer to help Jermain Defoe next season and, as things stand, Sakho and Ayew are more viable deals for the Wearsiders with both players unhappy at their current clubs and interested in moves away.