Marc McNulty was one of the many strikers Sunderland were linked with in January, as they tried to find a replacement for Josh Maja.
After Maja left for Bordeaux, Sunderland were searching for a new striker to lead their promotion push.
According to The Northern Echo, Sunderland tried to sign McNulty from Reading after growing frustrated by their pursuit of Wigan Athletic’s Will Grigg.
In the end, the Black Cats managed to sign Grigg, while McNulty was loaned out to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.
And after failing to find the net in his first two matches, the ex-Coventry City striker has been a revelation in Scotland.
In his last three matches, McNulty has scored four goals to help Hibs to three wins in a row.
This included an impressive brace against Dundee on Friday night to ensure Hibernian prevailed as 4-2 winners.
McNulty is a form player and when his confidence is high, he is a deadly striker to have in your ranks.
The Scotsman struggled with the step up to the Championship earlier in the season, scoring just one goal for Reading before his January exit.
But now he is back on form, the 26-year-old is demonstrating why he would have been an excellent signing for Sunderland.