Sunderland hoping to land Chelsea striker on loan.
Sunderland are reportedly keen on joining the chase for the loan signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The Belgian spent last season on loan in a successful spell at West Brom, establishing himself as one of the country’s most promising young talents, with 17 goals in the Premier League for the Baggies.
It is claimed that Sunderland were also in contention to bring him to the Stadium of Light last summer, but Martin O’Neill, manager at the time, turned him down due to his poor record for Chelsea.
However, his lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge now looks harsh given his excellent form for West Brom, and Sunderland will hope to move for him again this year, along with Fulham, Liverpool, Swansea, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund.
The in-demand striker could even stay at Chelsea, with the returning Jose Mourinho seeing the 20-year-old as a possible long-term replacement for Blues legend Didier Drogba.
Chelsea would be wise to consider giving Lukaku a chance, due to their current shortage of options upfront, and the likelihood that Fernando Torres will be sold in the upcoming transfer window.