Sunderland will reignite their interest in Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo.

The 26-year-old has been a long-term target for the Black Cats, according to a report by the Northern Echo.

Ladapo, who scored 18 goals last season for Plymouth in League One, has recently seen a £500,000 move to Portsmouth fall through which leaves the door open for Jack Ross’ side to move for him.

Sunderland are in the hunt for some reinforcements to their squad with another campaign in the third tier beckoning.

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Ladapo has been a well-travelled striker but proved last season that he can score goals at this level.

The Romford-born forward started his career at Southend United before joining Colchester United in 2010. He went onto make six appearances for the U’s first-team but spent most of his time there out on loan to the likes of Woking and Chelmsford City.

Ladapo dropped into non-league in 2014 for spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Hayes and Yeading United and Grays Athletic before joining Margate. He was a hit for Gate and scored 23 goals in 49 games.

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Premier League side Crystal Palace signed him in Match 2016 and he played twice for their senior side as well as playing regularly in pre-season. However, he was loaned out to Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town prior to leaving Selhurst Park permanently.

A quick return to Southend last season followed for Ladapo before his move to Plymouth. He has impressed at Home Park but is set for another transfer this summer.

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