Kevin Van Veen claims Sunderland 'interest' as Black Cats eye alternative attacking targets

Kevin Van Veen claims that rumoured interest from Sunderland in his services is ‘real’ – but played down talk of a move to the Stadium of Light.
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Kevin Van Veen

Reports on deadline day had linked the Scunthorpe United striker, who has netted 14 times already this season, with a surprising permanent move to the Black Cats.

It was also claimed that League One rivals Ipswich Town and Blackpool were interested in the Dutch forward, who previously played for Northampton Town.

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Scunthorpe have already allowed one striker to leave today, with Lee Novak joining Bradford City.

Sunderland are in the market for attacking reinforcements on deadline day, with a move for Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo expected to be completed imminently.

The forward is expected to join the Black Cats on a season-long loan, and will likely be accompanied through the door by Swansea City full-back Declan John – who is set to pen a similar deal.

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Reports, meanwhile, have also linked Phil Parkinson with a late move for Fleetwood Town midfielder Josh Morris.

Football Insider claim that Sunderland have identified Morris as a potential replacement for Aiden McGeady, who joined Charlton Atheltic on a season-long loan on Thursday evening.

But Fleetwood are likely to be reluctant to allow Morris to join the Black Cats, especially given the two teams are competing for promotion to the Championship this term.