Sunderland are one of a number of clubs being linked with a move for Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne, as reported by Talksport.
The former Colchester man has been in terrific form this season, bagging 23 goals as his side returned to the Football League after a two-year absence.
Having previously played more than 60 matches at League One level, Bonne is experienced in the Football League but is finally growing into his huge potential.
The 23-year-old is currently on duty with Zimbabwe at the African Cup of Nations, but with 45 National League goals across two seasons, he’s very much in demand.
Sunderland already have Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke up front, but Bonne offers a different threat. He’s slightly built, but has pace and can find gaps in the defence with darting runs.
He’s bound to spark a frenzy this summer and a good turnout in Africa will only heighten interest in the exciting forward.
Would he be a good capture for the Black Cats though? Our FLW panel discuss.
“The Black Cats are in need of a goalscorer whatever division they are in next season, and while Bonne has certainly done that for Leyton Orient in the National League, there will be a question over his ability to step up with Sunderland.
“Relying on someone who is coming from two or three leagues below when looking to be a Championship side next season, I feel like it could backfire.”
“I think this would be a smart move if they stay in League One.
“Despite having the likes of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke in their side, two proven League One goalscorers, they have struggled to find the net as much as they would have liked.
“Bonne has done brilliantly this season with Leyton Orient and I think it is a move worth making for the Black Cats.”
“This would be a good move, but only if they remain in League One.
“Bonne would offer something they don’t already have, the smaller striker, quick with his runs but deadly when given a chance.
“He’s already played at League One level so knows what to expect, which is why that’s where he’d be best to go with his next move.
“Jump too high and I fear he might struggle.”