Sunderland are keen on making a move for Bristol City attacker Sammie Szmodics, claim Football Insider.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson has the summer transfer window to address a number of areas within his squad that saw the Wearsiders ultimately fail to gain promotion to the Championship for a second consecutive season.
One area in particular that desperately needs improving is in attack, having limited options at the Stadium of Light which include Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke, both of whom struggled to find regular consistency.
The future of Grigg and Wyke remains with a Football Data Consultancy discussing the former’s chances of making an impact next season for the club, claiming an exit would be best.
As transfer gossip continues, Sunderland have now been linked with a potentially new attacking option in Szmodics.
The 24-year-old has recently fallen out of favour with Bristol City seeing him restricted to a handful of appearances last term, whilst spending time during the 2019/20 season on loan with League One side Peterborough.
Valued at £135,000 by website Transfermarkt, Szmodics could hand Parkinson a cheap option to bolster his attacking options, given that financial restraints are being put on the majority of English Football League clubs after the introduction of the salary cap.
This could be a very shrewd move by Sunderland if they can get a deal done. Whilst admittedly Szmodics has struggled with Bristol City, he did bag four goals and provide four assists in just 10 appearances for Peterborough in the second half of last term, at the same level that the Black Cats currently are at.
Added to that, he also regularly contributed in the 18/19 campaign for Colchester United, netting 14 and assisting nine in 43 League Two appearances.
He looks a proven performer at the lower levels, and given his relatively low value it could turn out to be a bargain for the Wearside outfit.
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