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Sunderland plotting move for Championship striker

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Sunderland are set to make a move for Preston North End striker Eoin Doyle, according to the Irish Sun as reported by the Yorkshire Post.

The 30-year old Irishman was loaned out to League One side Oldham Athletic last season, where he bagged 13 times in just 19 outings. He’s surplus to requirements in the Championship, but has proven to be lethal one step down the English divisions.

The Black Cats are still hunting for a goal scorer after missing out on Lyle Taylor to Charlton, with the former Hibernian striker now thought to be a top target.

Doyle started his career with Shelbourne, but it was with Sligo Rovers he caught the eye, earning his switch to Edinburgh in 2011.

His most prolific spell in England came at Chesterfield where, in 2014-15, he scored 21 goals in 26 league appearances. That prompted Cardiff City to make a move for him, but since then he’s struggled to settle.

He scored just twice on loan at Portsmouth in 2016-17, but looks to have gained confidence from his spell at Boundary Park, despite the Latics relegation.

The Verdict

Doyle did himself the world of good at Oldham, the Portsmouth loan seemingly left him with nowhere to go. After all, if a Championship striker averages a goal every six games in League Two, it doesn’t give off the right messages.

With regular games and the right players around him, he could be exactly what Sunderland need to launch themselves into the top two next season.

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