Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is lining up a deadline day swoop for Stoke striker James Beattie, according to the Daily Mail. Bruce is keen to bolster his side after a poor run of from has seen the Black Cats slip into the bottom half of the league.
Beattie has been very publicly unsettled at the Britannia Stadium in recent months after a bust-up with manager Tony Pulis. The two sides are in talks over a £3million move for the striker who rejuvenated Stoke during last seasons January transfer window.
Sunderland have turned to Beattie after potential deals for Robbie Keane and Benjani broke down in recent days. Keane was deemed to expensive and the Benjani move stalled over the Zimbabwean’s personal terms.
Beattie, who has gained 5 England caps in his career, has had a difficult season scoring just 2 goals. Bruce will be looking to find the form of last season when Beattie scored an impressive 7 goals in 16 league appearances. Bruce will also be keen to add his physical presence hoping he can work as a foil for his current strikers such as Darren Bent.
There is however potential competition for the striker with Blackburn reportedly interested, which could spark a frantic day of negotiations between all parties.
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