Sunderland’s managerial uncertainty could see them miss out on Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo, with West Brom also interested.
The Wearsiders are in the hunt for new striking options and have been linked with the 27-year-old Cameroon striker.
Moukandjo notched 13 goals in Ligue 1 last season, form which has also alerted Tony Pulis.
According to The Chronicle, Sunderland’s pursuit is complicated by impending exit of Sam Allardyce and the uncertainty over who will lead the Black Cats into the Premier League season.
Allardyce is set to be confirmed as the new England boss in the coming days, with only the amount of compensation Sunderland are due yet to be agreed.
Reports have suggested that David Moyes has been approached by Sunderland to take over but the club cannot afford to waste any tim eas they look to build a squad strong enough to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation battle.