Sunderland are plotting an ambitious move for Everton striker Tom Cannon on a permanent deal, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Cannon impressed last season on loan with Preston North End in the Championship, scoring eight goals in 20 games. The Black Cats are aiming for promotion to the Premier League in the upcoming campaign, having come short in the play-offs to eventual winners Luton Town last season, and they are looking to add a striker capable of firing them up the division.
Sunderland are reportedly prepared to pay £3 Million for the striker, and with Everton in the market to sell players, a deal could be extremely likely, especially considering Sunderland’s big money business so far this summer, bringing in Luís Semedo from Benfica for a six-figure fee
Would It Be a Good Deal for Sunderland?
Adding another forward to their squad would be a highly beneficial move for the Black Cats, considering their urgent need for attacking reinforcements. While Semedo’s arrival provides a boost, the absence and constant injury worries that surround Ross Stewart, and losing out on Ellis Simms to Coventry leaves Sunderland needing urgent attacking recruits.
Cannon’s proven performance in the second tier last season will make him a valuable asset, especially when working under a manager known for effectively nurturing young footballers. If they can get a deal and sign Cannon, it would align with the club’s transfer strategy of acquiring promising young players and developing them like they have done previously with the likes of Jack Clarke.
Cannon is a really good talent, with eight goals last season in his first loan spell, he has the potential to be a real game-changer for Sunderland and that could simply be the difference between promotion and missing out like they did last season.
Everton are looking to make money this summer to fund their own incomings, so they may look to part ways with Cannon despite his potential to become a Premier League striker in the future.