Sunderland keen on Bundesliga hitman

Despite failing to land their man in January, Sunderland aren’t quite ready to give up on the signature of Mohammed Abdellaoue and look set to go back in for the forward this summer.

The Norwegain international has impressed greatly for Hannover 96 this season, scoring 16 goals and registering six assists in the process.

Sunderland will be on the lookout for a striker in the summer period with the loan deal of Nicklas Bendtner expiring at the end of the season and the North East club unlikely to acquire his services again.

Martin O’Neill has voiced his doubts over Asamoah Gyan coming back to the club and the club stating that they would be willing to sell the Ghanaian should the right offer come in.

United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain loaned the hitman in September for a supposed fee of £6m and should someone else offer the same fee but for a permanent deal, Gyan would likely be let go.

On boost for the Black Cats was seeing Fraizer Campbell return to fitness this campaign after 18 months on the sidelines but with just Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won – 19 and 20, respectively – backup will be needed.

Abdellaoue played a big role in leading Hannover to the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League tournament.

Demba Ba, Papiss Demba Cissé and Pavel Pogrebnyak are just some examples of forwards to come from the German top flight and succeed in the Premier League; something O’Neill will be looking to replicate with Abdellaoue.

The 26 year-old has made nineteen appearances for the Norwegian national side and is set to go up against England in a friendly fixture in a month’s time, giving many sides a chance to scout the sough-after striker.

Should he move on from his current Bundesliga surroundings, Abdellaoue would be expected to command an asking price of around £9.5m, a fee that could be readily available should Sunderland owner, Ellis Short, choose to invest considerably this summer.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.