According to the Daily Record, Sunderland are targeting a deal to sign Kyle Lafferty from Hearts, as Chris Coleman continues his search for striking reinforcements.
James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban, the latter the scorer of 12 Sunderland goals this season, have both left the club this month, leaving Coleman light of attacking options at the Stadium of Light.
Reports are suggesting that Sunderland could approach Hearts with an offer for Lafferty, which will be taken into consideration by the Scottish outfit, if the price is right.
Lafferty only arrived at Tynecastle during the summer, but has impressed for Hearts, scoring 11 goals across all competitions already this season, including seven in the league.
The 30-year-old has previously had spells in England with Burnley, Norwich City and Birmingham City, featuring for Norwich last season in the Sky Bet Championship, but managing to score just one goal.
The striker’s early season form has brought him to Coleman’s attention, with Sunderland now targeting a deal with Hearts, as they look to boost their survival chance in the Championship.
Coleman’s side currently occupy a place in the Championship’s relegation zone, but were boosted by last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Hull City, which pulled them level on points with the Tigers, who sit narrowly outside the bottom-three.
With under a week of the window remaining, time is beginning to run out for Coleman, who needs to bolster his strikeforce.
Lafferty has scored goals this season for Hearts, and whilst his record last year in England was poor, playing with confidence he could be a shrewd addition this week.
Whatever Sunderland do in the market between now and next week, they need to add a senior striking option.
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