Roker Report understand that Sunderland have this afternoon lodged a seven-figure bid for promising young Cheltenham Town forward Mohamed Eisa.
The 24 year old - who hails from Sudan - was one of the top players in League Two last season and managed to score 25 goals and seven assists.
He’s been the subject of significant interest from a host of League One and Championship clubs this summer, and in recent days fellow League One club Portsmouth have seen their bids rejected for him.
But we understand that Sunderland’s offer is the highest that Cheltenham have received yet for the player, one that will surely tempt them into selling.
Their manager, Gary Johnson, spoke just two days ago with Gloucestershire Live about the interest in his prized asset - and explained that whilst many clubs want him, at that point nobody had offered what they felt he was worth:
The thing with Mo at the moment is that everybody is interested, but they are not offering his worth. As far as the club is concerned, as long as Mo and his representative understand, he will get there, but he is our silverware at the moment and our crown jewel. He is still enjoying his game and his finishing is unbelievable.
Prior to arriving at Cheltenham he scored 57 goals in 100 games for Greenwich Borough, and having successful came through the rough and tumble of non-league football he’s proven he’s both physically and mentally up to playing in the professional game.
The Robins made sure that they protected their investment not long after he arrived and he signed a contract extension until 2020 last August, meaning that he might not come cheap.
That said, you have to look at other recent non-league success stories like Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings, Yannick Bolasie and Charlie Austin and wonder if Eisa could perhaps be headed down the same path.