5 strikers Sunderland should target this transfer window
Sunderland desperately need some attacking reinforcements in this transfer window. The Black Cats currently sit bottom of the Championship table. Relegation to League One is a real possibility if things don't change quickly.
Sunderland's top scorer this season, Lewis Grabban, was recalled by his parent club AFC Bournemouth a few weeks ago. Chris Coleman's side need to replace Grabban's goals. They currently have only two strikers on their books in Josh Maja and Joel Asoro. Moves for Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Burnley striker Jonathan Walters have fallen through, leaving the Black Cats scrambling around for a new forward.
Here are five strikers Sunderland should try to sign.
Sunderland are attempting to sign the experienced striker from Derby County on loan. It would be a decent acquisition. Martin is a proven goalscorer at Championship level. He has shown his prowess in front of goal at Derby, scoring 54 league goals during five seasons at the club.
Martin found the net 10 times in 30 games while on loan at Fulham last season. If he can maintain that 1 in 3 goal ratio at Sunderland, he would be a good signing.
Martin has fallen out of favour with Derby boss Gary Rowett this season. The Black Cats must capitalise.
Another Derby County forward who has slipped down the pecking order and is set to leave this month. Bent has been linked with Burton Albion, but Sunderland should make an offer.
Bent has an eye for goal, having scored over 200 times in his career. He was also a hit previously at Sunderland from 2009-11, scoring 36 times in 63 games before being snapped up by Aston Villa.
The Black Cats should bring Bent back to the Stadium of Light.
The 29-year-old striker has played for Aberdeen for five consecutive seasons now, proving prolific for the Scottish Premiership side during that time. He deserves another chance in England, though. Sunderland should take a gamble on him.
Having bagged 86 goals in 176 games for Aberdeen, Rooney would be a great option for the Black Cats. He also has a point to prove in English football after his last spell with Birmingham City failed to work out.
The Israel international plays for Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion but has struggled to get regular game time this campaign. He proved a hit in the Championship last season. His 13 league goals helped the Seagulls gain promotion to the top flight.
Sunderland should attempt to bring Hemed in this January, potentially on loan, to give them another option going forward. He is a tall, strong striker who is a handful for defences.
Despite being an ideal signing for Sunderland, Hemed will be difficult to acquire due to his high wage demands.
The 32-year-old forward may be keen to move on loan during the MLS off-season. A switch to Sunderland would be perfect for both parties.
Wright-Phillips has been prolific for the New York Red Bulls since joining in 2013. Could he reproduce that form in the Championship?
The last striker Sunderland signed from the MLS was Jermain Defoe. It proved a masterstroke. Wright-Phillips, formerly of Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford, has the ability to follow in Defoe's footsteps at the Stadium of Light.