Sunderland manager Jack Ross has made bringing in a striker his summer priority. And according to The Northern Echo, John Marquis is now Sunderland’s top target.
This report names a number of targets on Sunderland’s radar. Bolton Wanderers defender Harry Brockbank, Rotherham United winger Jon Taylor, Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo and ex-Ayr United forward Lawrence Shankland are mentioned.
But Marquis is the number one target. Sunderland would love to prise Marquis away from last season’s promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers but he will cost more than £1m.
And the Black Cats face Championship competition for their man. According to The Sun via HITC, Queens Park Rangers are also in pursuit of the ex-Millwall man.
Sunderland need a new striker to compete with Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke. Ross wants a third striker and Marquis is a proven goalscorer at League One level.
Last season, the 27-year-old scored 26 goals in 54 games, including 22 in the league. He now has 66 goals (and 19 assists) in 153 games for Doncaster.
But he could be set for a new challenge this summer, whether that is with Sunderland or with a Championship club.
You can see the appeal to all three choices for Marquis. If he stays at Doncaster, he can continue being the main man in attack. If he joins Sunderland, he will get the chance to play at The Stadium of Light and spearhead an automatic promotion bid.
And if he joins QPR, he could get Championship football under his belt. At this stage of his career, a move to the second tier might be the most tempting.
But Sunderland would have a dangerous front three if he joins. Between Wyke, Grigg and Marquis, Sunderland would surely have the firepower to win promotion.