Sunderland are desperately trying to bring in a new striker before tonight’s deadline but time is running out.
Josh Maja, who had hit 16 goals this season, left to join Bordeaux on a permanent deal and his goals need replacing.
Sunderland also cancelled Jerome Sinclair’s loan from Watford after the ex-Liverpool striker failed to impress at The Stadium of Light.
One player who was seen as a potential Maja replacement was Doncaster Rovers hit man John Marquis, as per Sky Sports News.
But according to The Sun’s live deadline day blog [3:12PM], Sunderland have failed with a bid for Marquis.
Doncaster value their star striker at £1.5m and have turned down a £1m bid from the Black Cats. The same update confirms that Sunderland are unlikely to land Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg.
And it also confirms that Swansea City are mulling over a late bid for Marquis. The Swans could swoop for the 26-year-old to bolster their attack.
Marquis has been in sensational form this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions for Doncaster.
The ex-Millwall striker has been a consistent goal scorer in the third and fourth tier for a while now and would have been a strong candidate for Sunderland’s attack.
But Rovers manager Grant McCann has told The Doncaster Free Press that Marquis is not for sale at any price, even if Sunderland bid £20m.
Doncaster’s stance and interest from the Championship are surely bad omens for Sunderland in this pursuit.