Sam Allardyce has admitted that one of his priorities this summer is to find a striker to ease the burden on top scorer Jermain Defoe.
The Black Cats have relied heavily on the goals of Defoe this season to keep their heads above water, with the 33-year-old scoring 15 times in the Premier League, a tally which makes up 35 per cent of the club’s output.
Allardyce is delighted to be able to call on the veteran hitman, but feels Sunderland must add another goalscorer to their ranks.
The Wearsiders were linked with Swansea forward Andre Ayew during the January transfer window and he could be a target for them again come the summer, if they can secure their Premier League status.
Allardyce appears to be making plans for another season in the top flight, claiming he is not worried about losing Defoe, who would likely leave should Sunderland drop down to the Championship.
Â“There is no point in even thinking about losing him,Â” he told the Chronicle. Â“It is more about finding somebody else for him to play with, who can score as many goals as he does.”