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Report: Sunderland Interested In Eredivisie Pair

Ola Toivonen and Alfred Finnbogason in Sunderland's sights?

Alfred Finnbogason of Heerenveen
Alfred Finnbogason of Heerenveen
Dean Mouhtaropoulos

With Paolo Di Canio recently admitting his unhappiness with the amount of strikers on Sunderland's books, going as far to say;

I do not want to be critical, but if you are a team who wants to stay up or a team who wants to win the league, you need five strikers.

Not three or four, five - one of which should be a young one like Wickham.

This club only had Fletcher until January and Sessegnon, who is a second striker.

What happens if Fletcher gets a cold?

Danny Graham arrived in January and now he is back in the team, but you cannot afford to be short on strikers.

Wherever you are in the league you need to score goals

It appears as if Sunderland are stepping up their efforts to boost their forward ranks. With two Eredivisie strikers seemingly high on the wanted list.

According to the Chronicle, Sunderland are interested in Heerenveen's Alfred Finnbogason. The report mentions that Sunderland sent Chief Scout Pop Robson to the Amsterdam ArenA to watch Finnbogason in action against Ajax and he was present as the the Icelandic hitman scored his 24th goal of the season.

Finnbogason's agent told Sky Tyne and Wear that he's unaware of any Sunderland interest;

I imagine a lot of clubs are looking at him. I saw this link with Sunderland this morning but I have never spoke to anyone at Sunderland. It is pure speculation.

But admitted that the Premier League would be of interest to his client;

Everyone is an option in the Premier League.

Heerenveen's Technical Director, Johan Hansma, told Voetbal International that he wasn't aware of anyone scouting Finnbogason at the Ajax game but is not surprised about the reported interest;

There was actually no one reported for Alfred, but he's very much in the spotlight, (which) we well understand.

The 24-year-old striker, who actually scored against Sunderland in pre-season (watch the video here, he opens the scoring) while on loan at Helsingborgs, is contracted with the Dutch club until the summer of 2015.

Meanwhile, Voetbal International also claim that Sunderland have an interest in PSV Eindhoven's Ola Toivonen. The report claims that PSV are hoping to start talks with the Swede over a new contract but that Toivonen has a dream to play in one of Europe's top 5 leagues and with his contract expiring in a year, they may be forced to sell.

Newcastle and Dynamo Kiev are also mentioned as suitors but it's believed a serious injury that the 26-year-old suffered earlier in the season will put potential buyers off paying millions of pounds for the striker.

Toivonen, who can also play in midfield or just off a main striker, has 6 goals in 14 league games this season.