Sunderland will now be looking for a new striker to help them strive to achieve promotion next season after Charlie Wyke completed his move to Wigan Athletic.
The 28-year-old left the Stadium of Light on a free transfer after failing to agree terms on a new contract and will now be looking to make another strong impact for the Latics moving forwards.
Sunderland will now have to do without the goals of Wyke, who scored 30 goals in all competitions last term, with Lee Johnson sure to be assessing his options after the recent announcement.
With the best part of a few months left in the current transfer window, the race is on to find a like for like replacement for the former Middlesbrough frontman.
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Here, we take a look at THREE replacements for Wyke that Sunderland could now turn to this summer…
The former Wimbledon striker is available as a free agent this summer and would arguably an ideal replacement for Wyke.
Pigott netted 54 goals in 157 games during his time with the Dons and is proven at Sky Bet League One level.
The Black Cats have been linked with a move for the player in recent weeks and it appears that he is a name that is on their list of targets at present.
It now remains to be seen if Johnson and co can convince the 27-year-old that a move to the North East would be in his best interests.
Charles is yet another League One striker who impressed many last term as he hit an impressive 20 goals across all competitions for Accrington Stanley.
The Northern Ireland international currently has just one year remaining on his contract at the Wham Stadium and could well be sold on for a fee in the near future.
Plenty of other sides have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, which means the Black Cats will have to move quickly to bring the player in.
The frontman certainly ticks a lot of boxes for what Sunderland need and could be a very smart addition.
The Nottingham Forest striker previously almost signed for the Black Cats back in 2018 before eventually moving to Charlton Athletic and could well be someone that they go back in for.
It has been reported in recent months that the Reds have made the 31-year-old available for loan this summer, which will only heighten speculation that he could leave for pastures new.
Taylor largely struggled for form last season as he only went on to score five goals in his first campaign in a Forest shirt.
With other Championship sides said to be interested in the player, Sunderland will have to act fast if they are to get their man at the second time of asking.