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Ex-Sunderland man Wahbi Khazri scores a screamer on debut for Saint-Etienne

The Tunisian international was sold by Sunderland this summer.

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It has been a summer of change for Sunderland. New owners, new management and new players. The club have been trying to shake off the big wages of players who were with the club in the Premier League, but couldn’t stop a slide to League One. One of those players was Wahbi Khazri.

The forward joined Sunderland in January 2016 from Bordeaux. The dead-ball specialist impressed during his first six months at the club, helping Sunderland to Premier League survival.

However, he was not a regular as Sunderland were relegated and spent last year on loan at Stade Rennais.

After an excellent loan spell and impressive international form with Tunisia, Khazri earned a move this summer. He joined Saint-Etienne in a deal which could rise to £9 million.

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It is excellent business for Sunderland, who needed the money and his wages off the books. But yesterday he reminded everyone just how good he can be. Khazri scored on his debut for Les Verts and it was a stunner. He volleyed home a first-time shot in acrobatic fashion as his new side won 2-1 v Guingamp. It was a tremendous finish, again highlighting the ability Khazri obviously possesses.

Sunderland fans will be watching on remembering just how good Khazri can be on his day. But this is a new era for the Black Cats, one where a player like Khazri would not fit in.

Hopefully, some of Sunderland’s current crop can start scoring similarly spectacular goals in their hunt for League One success.

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Michal Zyro would be the perfect loan signing for Sunderland

Sunderland could benefit from having the Polish international in their squad.

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It appears that Sunderland are currently in the running for a new forward, with loan deals on the cards. The Black cats have already signed Charlie Wyke and Jerome Sinclair this summer. However, the pair are currently injured and Sunderland need more depth in the attacking positions.

Finding a player in the loan market that will want to drop down to League One and is affordable for Sunderland is no easy task.

Recently, the club have had Kacper Przybylko on trial. However, it is another Polish attacker that could be a perfect target for Sunderland.

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Michal Zyro currently has no future at current club Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 25-year-old has had his shirt number taken from him at Molineux and is currently training away from the first-team.

Signed from Legia Warsaw in 2015, his career at Wolves hit the skids after a serious knee injury early into his time at the club.

However, the Polish international still has plenty to offer English football. He is also clearly willing to drop down to League One. Last season he headed to Charlton Athletic on a six-month loan deal. The attacker, who can play as a striker or on the wing, helped the Addicks to the League One play-offs last season, where they lost to Shrewsbury.

Sunderland need better options in the attacking third and Zyro would relish the chance of regular football at the Stadium of Light. This would be the perfect deal for Sunderland and the Polish forward.

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Three perfect Premier League strikers Sunderland could get on loan

Sunderland are said to be in the market for another loan signing.

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Sunderland are still hopeful of bringing in another striker before the loan window shuts at the end of the month. The Black Cats are short in the position, despite the summer arrivals of Charlie Wyke and Jerome Sinclair. With both currently injured, Josh Maja has been leading the line on his own.

As reported by the Shields Gazette, Sunderland are currently trawling through the Premier League looking for potential recruits.

Well here are three strikers who would be excellent in League One, currently out-of-favour in the Premier League…

Cauley Woodrow – Fulham

The 23-year-old has near zero chance of playing for Fulham this season, considering the attacking threats ahead of him.

Yet, he is a very talented forward. Nine caps and three goals for the England under-21s highlights his pedigree. Previous loan spells at Burton Albion and Bristol City have been reasonably successful. Sunderland would certainly welcome his arrival.

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Nahki Wells – Burnley

A slightly more ambitious move this one would be for the Bermudan striker. The 28-year-old has failed to establish himself at Burnley and transfer activity at Turf Moor sees him out of favour completely this season.

The last time he played in League One with Bradford City, he scored 14 goals in 19 games. A tough one to secure, but would be a phenomenal recruit.

Joe Mason – Wolves

The Irishman is back at Wolves after a loan spell at Colorado Rapids. However, he is available for loan with no chance of first-team football for the 27-year-old.

Would offer Sunderland something different to the strikers they already have and would relish rare regular first-team football.

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Could release of Ross McCormack make him an easier Sunderland target?

The Aston Villa star could get released this month, giving Sunderland a chance to act on apparent interest.

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It seems Aston Villa could soon finally be rid of Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker has failed to be a hit at Villa Park following his big-money move from Fulham in 2016. After falling out with manager Steve Bruce he has been exiled from the first-team and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City.

Now, according to the Sunday Mirror (print edition, 12/08/18, pg 65), Bruce has implored Aston Villa’s hierarchy to release McCormack from his contract.

Which would be great news for Sunderland.

According to a report from the Daily Mail last month, Sunderland were eyeing up a deal for the 31-year-old striker. A loan move was being mooted, as Sunderland looked to add attacking power.

In the end, nothing came of the reports.

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Sunderland would have, of course, struggled to pay the wages McCormack is currently on at Aston Villa. The Championship side would also be reticent to pay a large portion of any wage packet, considering the financial outlay that has already gone into the flop signing.

Now, if McCormack becomes free to sign this month, Sunderland would be wise to make a move.

They would have more luck trying to convince McCormack to lower his wage demands than his club. Sunderland would also have the added knowledge that he would be theirs to keep, should he be a success.

Sunderland would have until the end of the month to secure his signature. If McCormack becomes a free agent soon, Sunderland should be one of the first teams on the phone.

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