'New striker a must for Sunderland' - O'Neill

The 60-year-old Black Cats boss has his sights set on signing a new forward player in the summer transfer window to boost his side's goalscoring options next season

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has revealed that boosting his striking options in the summer is his main transfer priority.

The Northern Irishman has a plethora of strikers at his disposal with Ji Dong-won, Frazier Campbell, Connor Wickham and Nicklas Bendtner all featuring throughout the season.

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However, the Black Cats’ top goalscorers - with seven each - are two midfielders, Stephane Sessegnon and Sebastien Larsson, and Bendtner, who is on loan from Arsenal.

And O’Neill recognises that the need for a more prolific permanent striker could do wonders for his goal-shy crop, with Campbell struggling for match fitness after a lengthy lay-off and Wickham and Ji experiencing their first season in the Premier League.

Talking to the Press Association, O’Neill said: "Of course it's a position that you would be looking at, considering that one of our main strikers actually is on loan.

"That situation has not been resolved, nor have we had any time to do that.

"But when you have one of your main strikers as a loan player, then of course it becomes important for you to look at centre-forwards."

Bendtner has previously stated that he is looking to leave Arsenal in the summer and speculation has linked the recently-relegated Wolves striker Stephen Fletcher with a move to the Stadium of Light.