Acquafresca open to Sunderland move

Out-of-favour Bologna striker Robert Acquafresca is the subject of a loan bid from Sunderland with a view to a permanent deal, the Corriere dello Sport has reported.

The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season in Spain, on loan with Levante, and although his contract at Bologna still has four years left to run, it appears unlikely at this stage that he is going to re-enter their first-team plans. Acquafresca would be open to another move abroad, and is now on Paulo Di Canio’s list of transfer targets.

Sunderland struggled for goals throughout last season, relying heavily on Steven Fletcher, who scored the majority before he was injured. Neither Conor Wickham nor January acquisition Danny Graham were able to find the net in the Premier League. Di Canio has already improved other areas of the team, signing Cabral, Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge, but more goals are expected to be high on his priorities.

With Levante, Acquafresca managed three goals in 13 league appearances, and Di Canio seems keen to bring him to the Stadium of Light to bolster his attack.

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