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FIVE potential Lewis Grabban replacements - if he’s recalled, who should Sunderland consider?

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Rumours that our top scorer is due to be recalled by his parent club are rife. We look at five strikers we could bring in as a replacement on our budget.

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Sam Vokes - Burnley

Perhaps the most unlikely one, but with Chris Coleman, there’s history and maybe a slight chance. He was the former Wales boss’ preferred target man at international level and if there’s even a slight chance he could bring him in, you bet he’d do it. Would he want to move down a division? There’s surely a question mark on that too.

The biggest stumbling block would likely be the fee as we currently don’t have any money to spend whatsoever, however with the 6’2 striker seemingly playing second fiddle to £15m man Chris Wood at Turf Moor, he could be tempted to link up with a man he has obvious admiration for. Am I living in cloud cuckoo land, or would a loan move be completely out of the question?

Chances of a deal? It would be ambitious and it’s likely to be laughed at, but you have to buy a ticket to win the raffle.

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Daniel James - Swansea

The youngster was brought into Coleman’s Wales squad during the summer. Despite not playing much at senior level, you have to wonder if the boss thinks he can bring in a youngster he has obvious faith in and mould him into the side he’s trying to build. It would certainly make sense for him to do that.

He had a disappointing spell on loan at Shrewsbury Town and isn’t the type of forward that the gaffer normally goes for, but he must see something in him. James is highly rated at the Swans after being a star in their trophy winning under-23 side last season, and is another who would surely who would jump at the chance of a move.

Chances of a deal? We could probably snap him up without a hitch, but we’re more likely looking at experience.

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Jack Marriott - Peterborough United

Peterborough United forward Jack Marriott is the joint top scorer in League One, and just today reports in the press have linked the forward with a move to Sunderland.

The former Luton and Ipswich striker has been in superb form for Grant McCann’s side and is apparently attracting attention from QPR and Aston Villa too.

Peterborough have earned a reputation as something of a production line for talented Championship forwards over the years, and Marriott will likely be keen to follow in the footsteps of Britt Assombalonga and Dwight Gayle in becoming a success at this level.

Marriott is diminutive in stature but is hard working and plays off the shoulder of the last man, and with 17 goals in all competitions already to his name this season he will undoubtedly attract attention from clubs eager to bolster their front-lines as January progresses.

Chances of a deal? Would Marriott jump at the chance to come here? Absolutely! Can we afford him? Hmm...

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Leonardo Ulloa - Leicester City

Remember him? Course you do! A player we tracked all January under David Moyes before realising that when Claudio Ranieri said “not for sale”... he meant NOT FOR SALE!

He’s only played one minute of Premier League football this year and is surely looking to get out of the club. He’s a target man in every sense and a cracking finisher so he’d be welcomed here with open arms. He’s a high earner, and the Foxes will likely struggle to offload him as there’s probably better value for clubs in the top tier. He wanted to come a year ago, so you have to assume he’d be open to kick starting his career here with a six month loan... right?

Chances of a deal? Probably a better chance than you’d think, although if available on loan, you’d have to assume one of the promotion chasers will be front runners.

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Gary Madine - Bolton Wanderers

This one has been mooted already and probably has legs in it. The Lancashire club are about as skint as us but pay much less wages, he’s also a local lad (a Mag I may add, but we’ll let that slide for now) and has been scoring and making goals for a side struggling to get out of the relegation places. It all makes a whole load of sense.

He’s not the nicest of characters though, if the rumours are to be believed, spending time in jail for assault only three years ago, alongside a number of other misdemeanours. Let’s hope Chris Coleman assesses his character fully before to committing to a deal.

Chances of a deal? I can see this actually happening in all honesty, it just makes too much sense.

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