Gus Poyet and Sunderland are still hunting for another striker ahead of next season, and have Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck in their sights, reports the Daily Mail. The England international is unsure of what his role will entail under Louis Van Gaal at United, and could be open to a move before the end of the transfer window.
Sunderland have been tentatively linked with Welbeck as negotiations to bring Fabio Borini to the Stadium of Light continue to stall. The Italian attacker had enjoyed a successful season-long loan for the Black Cats last year, but is still deciding on whether or not to pursue his career at Liverpool.
Should Welbeck make the switch to Sunderland, then he will do so having played for the club on a temporary basis before now as well. The winger-come-striker spent the 2010/11 season on loan at the club, making 26 league appearances and scoring 6 goals. Upon returning from his period at Sunderland, Welbeck had impressed enough to warrant his opportunity in the United senior squad.
As it stands, the player’s role under Van Gaal is largely unknown, though the 23 year old is sure to want regular playing time if he is to keep his spot in the England set-up. United have already turned down a bid of £12 million made by Hull for the forward, but it remains to be seen whether they will listen to higher offers. Sunderland had been willing to spend £14 million on Borini, so they might be tempted to splash a similar figure on Welbeck.