According to The Northern Echo, Sunderland are targeting Preston North End’s Eoin Doyle, whilst also showing interest in Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings.
Jack Ross’ squad is undoubtedly in need of a striker this summer as Sunderland struggled desperately for goals in their slump to Championship relegation last season.
Sunderland’s two bright young forwards, Joel Asoro and Josh Maja, also look set to depart the Stadium of Light during this transfer window. The loss of those players would leave the Sunderland squad threadbare up top, without a recognised centre forward.
Ross may well like to bring both Doyle and Cummings in this summer, but in the event that he is only able to secure the services of one or the other, who should he go for?
It is thought that both Preston and Forest would be open to selling their players should Sunderland offer an acceptable amount in return.
Of the two, Doyle of Preston is certainly the more experienced option. At 30-years-old, the Dublin-born forward has plenty of experience and has proven League One pedigree. During a loan stint with Oldham Athletic last season he found the net 14 times in the third tier.
Cummings, on the other hand, is a promising 22-year-old Scotsman yet to find his feet in English football. He was prolific in the Scottish Championship though, ranking as Hibernian’s top scorer for three consecutive seasons.
Despite his good form earlier in his career, Cummings’ confidence may have taken a knock since his struggles south of the border.
Doyle was in good form last year, but his age makes him a shorter term solution.
Whilst Doyle might seem like the safer bet, in the instance that Jack Ross can’t sign both of his targets, he should focus on acquiring Cummings as a priority.
If Jack Ross’ ambitious plans to rebuild this club in freefall and restore them to the upper echelons of English football are to be realised, he’ll need to invest into talented youth and cultivate their abilities himself.
Signing Cummings would be a step in the right direction for Sunderland.