EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Sunderland have made a £2million bid for striker Kieffer Moore from League One rivals Barnsley, Football Insider understands.
The north-east club are searching for striking reinforcements with top scorer Josh Maja on the verge of a move to French club Bordeaux and they have identified Moore as one of their top targets.
Moore is regarded as one of the best forwards in the Football League and he impressed Sunderland earlier this season when he scored two goals at the Stadium of Light in November.
The 26-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Barnsley so far this season and his form has brought him to the attention of a number of clubs higher up the football pyramid.
However, Sunderland are hoping to bring in Moore to spearhead their own promotion bid in the second half of the season as they need someone to replace the goals of Maja at the Stadium of Light and they are ready to use the funds from the sale to Maja to try and lure Moore to Wearside.
Negotiations are underway with the Yorkshire club over the terms of the deal, although it remains to be seen if Barnsley would consider selling Moore to a fellow promotion rival as they are also in the race to try and win promotion from League One this season.