Sunderland are ready to pull out all the stops to convince Junior Hoilett to remain in the Premier League should Blackburn succumb to relegation the Daily Mail reports.
Rovers are on the brink of dropping into the Championship after a torrid campaign at Ewood Park and manager Steve Kean is resigned to lose his star names should they fail in their survival bid.
Hoilett is likely to be one of the first players to leave the club in the summer with Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill ready to swoop for the exciting forward who’s stood out significantly in a poor Blackburn team.
O’Neill was impressed by the 21-year-old during their meeting earlier in the campaign and believes he could provide a real goalscoring threat from out wide. The Irishman is desperate to add more firepower to his squad over the summer after watching them fail to score in their last four games.
Chief scout Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson has already provided a glowing endorsement of the Canadian, who has netted seven goals in 34 appearances this season, having been a regular observer in recent months.
That has convinced O’Neill to place Hoilett on his list of primary transfer targets although he’ll have to wait until Rovers’ top-flight fate has been determined before making his move.
A potential stumbling block could be the interest from European giants Bayern Munich and Marseille who are reportedly keeping tabs on the player who has been on Blackburn’s books since joining their academy when he was 13.
Both sides have scouted the Rovers man extensively and have the significant advantage of being able to offer him Champions League football should he decide his future lies away from Ewood Park.
However Sunderland are confident they can convince Hoilett to move to the Stadium of Light and spearhead their push for the top-six next season.