Sunderland have been offered the opportunity to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, it has been claimed, although Newcastle are also keeping tabs on the situation of the Dane.
According to the Daily Mail, Bendtner has been touted out to the Black Cats, who could still enter the market for another forward, while their north-east rivals are also keen on the 23-year-old.
Sunderland's interest in Bendtner could reportedly be tempered by injury to Asamoah Gyan, who sustained an ankle injury during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The Ghana international was replaced in the second-half by summer signing Ji Dong-Won after falling awkwardly, and Steve Bruce is now said to be considering his options.
However, should the Sunderland boss decide to formalise his interest in Bendtner, it would appear he would have to go toe-to-toe with Newcastle in the pursuit of the Arsenal No.52.
Newcastle are reportedly contemplating adding another striker to their ranks this before the close of the window, with this summer having yielded only Demba Ba in terms of goalscoring reinforcements.
But, should Alan Pardew focus his attention on bringing Bendtner to St James' Park, the Newcastle boss will allegedly have to meet Arsenal's £11 million valuation.
Although Bendtner has been told he can leave the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal will only let him depart should their demands be met.
Along with Sunderland and Newcastle, Stoke have also been linked with Bendtner, who has been with Arsenal since 2004.