Sunderland are interested in a move for Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine in January, according to the Sunderland Echo.
Madine has scored 6 goals for Bolton so far this season and has been a key player for the North-West club.
Sunderland are two places below Bolton in the Championship table in 23rd but are being linked with a raid of their relegation rivals. Their new manager, Chris Coleman, will be looking for fresh faces in January to bolster his squad for the remainder of the season.
Coleman sees Madine as a key target in January. He also may need to replace the goals of Bournemouth loanee Lewis Grabban, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League club in January.
Madine, 27, started his career with Carlisle United and was born in Gateshead, which is near Sunderland. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 2011 but his career with the Owls stalled which resulted in him having loan spells with Carlisle, Coventry City and Blackpool.
He joined Bolton in June 2015 and was part of their side who were relegated to League One but his goals helped them earn an immediate return to the Championship last season under Phil Parkinson.
Madine is a key player for Bolton and they will not want to lose him in January, especially to a rival like Sunderland. Chris Coleman will be looking to get some business done early as he aims to steer the Black Cats away from danger. The potential signing of Madine would be a good starting point.