Sunderland are light on options up front, with Josh Maja the only available striker on the books. Charlie Wyke is still a couple of weeks or so away from full fitness and Duncan Watmore will not return to the fold until the Autumn, so there is a pressing need to add to the options that we have up front.
Thankfully, Sunderland’s recruitment team are in talks with a number of clubs, including Manchester United over their young striker James Wilson on a season-long loan deal.
Nothing is imminent yet, but with the loan window open until the end of August the club have time to ensure that they make the correct decision with regards to their striking acquisitions.
Wilson still has one-year remaining on his contract at Manchester United and although he is highly thought of at Old Trafford, he has lost his way of late.
The 22-year-old has appeared 20 times for the United first team but the most recent of those were in the 2015-16 season and most of his experience has come during loan spells at Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County and Sheffield United.
He is an England under-21 international and last season was joint-top scorer in the Premier League International Cup despite joining Sheffield United on loan in January.