By Frank McAvennie

13th Jan, 2021 | 9:01am

'Huge' - Sunderland Exclusive: McAvennie drops Kevin Nisbet transfer verdict

Frank McAvennie is adamant Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet would be a success at Sunderland.

The former Celtic and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old is a “great talent” who would “hit the ground running” at the Stadium of Light.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Black Cats have approached Hibernian regarding a permanent move for Nisbet this month.

The centre-forward’s 26 appearances this season have yielded an impressive 13 goals and five assists, including a late equaliser against Celtic on Monday night.

Hibs boss Jack Ross, formerly of Sunderland, is desperate for his star striker to remain at Easter Road.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Nisbet’s future, McAvennie said: “Sunderland are a huge club.

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“I think the boy is a great talent. He would do really well if he went down there.

“It would be a good move for him because he would hit the ground running in League One and could help them get promoted.

“He is a good striker and I think he could make a good living out of the game and England is the place to do it.”    

In an interview last week, Nisbet admitted to being flattered by reported interest in his name but insisted he is only focused on making Scotland’s squad for the upcoming Euros.

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson’s current strike force consists of Charlie Wyke, Danny Graham, Will Grigg and Aiden O’Brien.

In other news, an EFL duo have set their sights on signing a Sunderland midfielder this month.