Sunderland have joined the race to sign Werder Bremen star Franco Di Santo.
The former Chelsea forward has scored 13 league goals this season, which has aided his team’s push for a European position next season.
Bremen currently sit in 7th position in the Bundesliga table, only four points behind Augsburg who occupy the final European place.
SportBild have revealed that Sunderland are one of many teams that are chasing the Argentinian, after his inspired form this season.
Once nicknamed ‘Crespito’, after Chelsea legend Hernan Crespo, Di Santo failed to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge and eventually signed a loan deal with Blackburn Rovers.
He then signed for Wigan Athletic for a fee of around £2m, where he scored only 13 times in 92 appearances.
Di Santo left Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013 to embark on a new challenge in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen.
And it is Germany where the 6” 3” striker has enjoyed the best form of his career. Di Santo has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances this season, and was a one point top goalscorer in the Bundesliga.
Sunderland have struggled for goals this season, with only January signing Jermain Defoe providing a constant goal threat for the Black Cats.
Competition for his signature
However, Sunderland will face pressure from Bundesliga sides Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and high-flying Wolfsburg for the player’s signature.
But SportBild believe that a figure in the region of €10m-€12m euros would be enough to convince Bremen to sell.
That figure would represent a considerable coup for the Bundesliga side, after they signed Di Santo on a free transfer.