Sunderland have enquired about signing Aston Villa hitman Ross McCormack - but may not be able to afford him.
Boss Simon Grayson is looking to add more firepower to his squad after losing Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini and Victor Anichebe this summer.
He has signed James Vaughan from Bury, but has also been linked with McCormack, who he worked with at Leeds United.
McCormack had a very public falling out with manager Steve Bruce last season, and it had been thought the Villains £12million capture would be made available for transfer this summer.
Bruce, however, may be willing to give McCormack another chance, with the ex-Rangers man a proven goalscorer at Championship level.
Either way due to the player's market value and massive wages the McCormack deal may prove too tough a one for Martin Bain to broker, or the Sunderland hierarchy to sign off on.
Sunderland have so far added four players to their ranks, with the recent captures of Vaughan and Aiden McGeady, from Bury and Everton respectively, along with Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway