Sunderland target Jonathan Walters could be allowed to leave Burnley this month, although comments from manager Sean Dyche suggests the Black Cats may have to be patient.
Chris Coleman is desperate to bring additional striking options to the club having lost James Vaughan and top scorer Lewis Grabban in recent weeks.
Grabban in particular will be a big loss having scored 12 goals for the Black Cats, which prompted Bournemouth to recall the striker after leading Championship sides showed an interest.
That has meant teenager Joshua Maja had to lead the line in the 4-0 defeat at Cardiff and Coleman knows new players must arrive.
One man they had been linked with was Irish international Walters and comments from Dyche to the Lancashire Telegraph will encourage the Wearside club.
When asked if the experienced forward was Sunderland-bound, he replied; “Not at the moment.” He was then asked if the move could happen later in the window and answered; “We’ll see.”
It’s believed that Dyche could be open to letting Walters move on once Chris Wood returns to full fitness, which isn’t far away.
The former Stoke man has managed just 37 minutes in the Premier League for Burnley this season.
Sean Dyche hasn’t given much away with his comments today but the fact he seems willing to let Walters go is a big boost for Sunderland.
Quite simply, they are desperate for a player of his ability and experience and Coleman needs this one to get over the line.
Obviously, it’s out of their hands at the minute and other clubs could show an interest but they need to do everything they can to bring Walters to the Stadium of Light.
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