Sunderland have identified Newcastle target Nikica Jelavic as a potential January acquisition, it has been claimed.

According to The Journal, the Rangers striker has been shortlisted by the Black Cats as a player with the relevant skills to replace Asamoah Gyan.

The Ghanian departed the Stadium of Light in acrimonious fashion last week as he joined Al-Ain on a season-long loan to leave Sunderland short in the goalscoring department.

With only Nicklas Bendter, Ji Dong-Won, Frazier Campbell and Connor Wickham among his forward number, Steve Bruce is looking to invest when the transfer window reopens.

This has reportedly led the Black Cats boss to Jelavic, who has scored 18 times in 28 league outings for Rangers.




 

Newcastle have also been linked with the 26-year-old in recent weeks and, it has been alleged, the Toon approached Rangers prior to the transfer deadline.

However, the Glasgow club rebuffed Newcastle - as well as a formal offer from Leicester - as Alan Pardew tried desperately to sign a striker before the transfer deadline.

The Newcastle boss has since revealed his frustration that the board were unable to deliver him a new No.9.

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