Championship side Millwall have reportedly moved ahead of Sunderland in the race to sign Bez Lubala from Crawley Town.
A second consecutive season without promotion for the Black Cats has put pressure firmly on boss Phil Parkinson to bring in some new faces.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, it is expected that Parkinson will move to bring in some transfer targets but one of those in Lubala is said to be closing in on a move to The Den.
The DR Congo born striker has been in excellent form of late, scoring 12 goals in 34 games for League Two side Crawley.
Lubala, who started his playing career with Birmingham City, is now said to be on the verge of a move to Millwall with a transfer fee of £500,000 being reported.
Joining Sunderland and Millwall with interest were said to be Sheffield Wednesday, who will now seemingly miss out on the attacking talent.
The potential failure to bring in Lubala to the Stadium of Light will see Parkinson look to other transfer targets as he looks to bolster his attacking options.
£500,000 does seem to be a large amount for a League Two striker and one that Sunderland would have been cautious about to offer. Indeed, he is only valued at £90,000 by Transfermarkt, so the asking price looks a little steep.
Parkinson needs to ensure that he brings in the right calibre of player this summer but he must also ensure that he does not pay over the odds. Missing out on Lubala might not be the worst thing to happen.
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