Sunderland were able to stay up in the Premier League with a late run of two wins and three draws in their last five league matches, outplaying Norwich City and Newcastle United.
The Black Cats want to avoid another difficult season and have been on the lookout for a striker that is able to hit the net consistently. Recent reports have talked about two names emerging in this regard.
Sunderland have made an £8.5 million offer for Edin Dzeko but AS Roma are holding out for £11.6 million for the former Manchester City striker, according to Sky Sports Italia (via Football-Italia).
The Bosnia international has failed to impress since arriving from Manchester City, as he scored just eight Serie A goals in 31 appearances and two in seven Champions League appearances. And as the season progressed, he began to be left on the bench in favour of newcomer Diego Perotti.
Meanwhile, Sunderland also want to sign Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost as they look to bolster their striking options this summer, according to a report by The Sun.
The Dutch international netted 36 goals in 84 Bundesliga appearances and wants to test himself in the Premier League. Wolfsburg are thought to be ready to cash-in on the 27-year-old this summer, as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga club.