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Identity of Sunderland deadline day striker target revealed

By Michael Graham,


Seems it was JUST about waiting for Ellis Simms for Sunderland on deadline day.

The name of a striker Sunderland tried to sign on January transfer deadline day has emerged.

Sunderland went into the last day of the window looking for some help with their attack following the news Ross Stewart would miss the rest of the season with injury.

That left Joe Gelhardt the only available centre-forward available to Tony Mowbray for the rest of the Championship season, although Sunderland reportedly tried to rectify that with a move for Brighton striker Julio Enciso.

South American journalist Christian Martin says Sunderland wanted the 19-year-old, as did La Liga club Sevilla, but Brighton decided they might need him themselves instead.

"Julio Enciso had the opportunity to go on loan to Sunderland or Sevilla but they need him at Brighton and that's why he stayed,” Martin said on Twitter .

Brighton signed the Paraguayan for £9.5million last summer from Club Libertad although he is yet to start a Premier League game for the Seagulls.

It just really serves to highlight how difficult it was to get striker for Sunderland. They needed a Premier League loan, as they got with Joe Gelhardt, or take a big risk and pay big money to a club that didn’t want to do business.

Ultimately neither happened, and Sunderland will now have to hope Gelhardt doesn’t suffer an injury in the remaining 18 games of the season.

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