AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor could be heading for Wearside for talks next week as the 28-year-old ponders his options this summer.
Dons observers reckon Barnet's John Akinde is on the verge of signing for the south London club which would pave the way for Taylor to move on. The 6ft 2in hit man has been linked with Southend, Peterborough and Bristol Rovers as well as Sunderland but some reckon the Stadium of Light is his preferred destination.
Taylor has been round the block but has pedigree for scoring goals in League One. A product of Millwall's academy, the Greenwich-born lad was released at the age of 19 and spent a few seasons in non-league football before signing for Bournemouth and then Falkirk.
It was in the Scottish First Division that he established his pro career with 29 goals in his one season with the Bairns. From there, Taylor failed to settle at a host of clubs, including Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United before signing from Wimbledon in 2015.
Taylor has hit 55 goals in 131 appearances for the Dons with 14 in League One last term. He also has a handful of appearances for the Montserrat national team to his name.
Sunderland have made a slow start to the transfer window but are in desperate need of reinforcements up front. Concluding last season with just Josh Maha and loanee Ashley Fletcher up top, Chris Colema's lack of striking options was costly as the Black Cats slumped to a dismal relegation.