Sunderland have contacted Chelsea over the availability of striker Daniel Sturridge, according to several sources.
The Black Cats had identified Peter Crouch as their number one target but have been forced to switch their focus after the former Portsmouth man chose to swap Tottenham for Stoke.
Steve Bruce is keen to add more firepower to his squad after seeing his team score just once in their opening three matches of the Premier League season. Sturridge is yet to feature for Chelsea as he has been serving a suspension following a sending off while on loan at Bolton Wanderers last season.
The Blues have several forwards on their books and have recently added Romelu Lukaku to their ranks however it would be surprise to see the Eng;and Under 21 international shipped out at this stage of his career.