Sunderland are planning a loan move for ex-Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The 18-year-old swapped Anfield for Fiorentina during the summer, costing the Italians £1.8 million.
He hasn’t featured for the first team in Florence yet, however, and now looks set to head out on loan.
Duncan has scored four goals for the club’s development team this season as he finds his feet in a new country.
The teenager was a revelation during his time with the Liverpool academy.
Last season he smashed 25 goals in 36 games for the under-23 outfit, including five in the FA Youth Cup which Liverpool won.
Sunderland have been busy trying to add to their squad this month.
Kyle Lafferty, Bailey Wright and Josh Scowen have all been added to Phil Parkinson’s ranks.
If Duncan does head to the Stadium of Light it could prove perfect for his development.
He is yet to get a taste of first-team football and it will be interesting to see how he develops in the men’s game.
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Sunderland have been keen to add a striker to their ranks throughout the transfer window and Duncan will represent a risk.
A young, hungry player will surely delight supporters more than an ageing journeyman, however.
If Duncan can hit the ground running and step up to men’s football, then the Black Cats could have a real player on their hands.
He will be determined to prove himself on loan as he attempts to eventually break into the first-team at Fiorentina.
Scoring bags of goals at youth level is one thing and it looks as though he will now have a real crack at a senior level in League One.
If Sunderland have got his one right, Duncan could fire them into the Championship.