Nottingham Forest recently acquired Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth in a deal worth around £6 million. It is a great move for the Reds, who are getting the Championship’s second top scorer from last season in the process.
Grabban scored 20 goals in 35 games last season, finishing the campaign with a play-off final defeat with Aston Villa. But he actually scored 12 of his goals in 20 appearances for Sunderland. Grabban was one of the few bright lights at Sunderland last term. But, with Villa calling and the Black Cats doomed to relegation, the striker decided to spend the second half of the season at Villa Park – much to the chagrin of Sunderland.
But, in a sense of twisted irony, Grabban’s move to Forest could help push a striker option to Sunderland to help them in League One.
The latest arrival at the City Ground has surely pushed Jason Cummings out of the door.
Earlier in the week, the Northern Echo suggested that Cummings was on Sunderland’s radar.
Cummings, who spent time on loan at Rangers last season, will be known to Sunderland boss Jack Ross from his time in Scottish football. Cummings scored 71 goals in 150 games for Hibernian during his time at Easter Road. He was team-mates with new Sunderland recruit Dylan McGeouch in Edinburgh, which could also help in any pursuit for the player.
Sunderland are desperate for striking options, with only the club’s youngsters currently available.
Cummings struggled in the Championship but he could surely find his feet at League One level.
Grabban turned his back on Sunderland who fought a lost cause without him. Now, his latest move could see the Black Cats get the striker they need for next season.