Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Still Aiming for Jay; Bothroyd Deal Is Still Alive

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Still Aiming for Jay; Bothroyd Deal Is Still Alive

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

SUNDERLAND will try to push through a deal for Cardiff City's Jay Bothroyd next week after failing to sign the striker in time for today's trip to Bloomfield Road, writes STUART RAYNER.

Darren Bent's departure for Aston Villa and Danny Welbeck's knee surgery this week have left Asamoah Gyan as the Black Cats' only fit senior striker against Blackpool, the only team to have beaten them at home in this season's Premier League.

Sunderland tried to put that right yesterday, but their efforts to land another striker came to nought. An enquiry for Ricardo Fuller did not turn into a bid for the Stoke City striker, as reported by some media outlets yesterday. The Potters are understood to value the injuryprone forward at pounds 5m, whereas Sunderland were only prepared to pay pounds 3m.

Bothroyd, though, remains high on their list of targets, with sources in Wales indicating they are awaiting an answer from the player.

The former Arsenal trainee shot to prominence on the back of a prolific first half of the Championship season. Fifteen goals by November earned him a first England cap but, his appearances limited by a torn hamstring, he has not scored since.

Cardiff City are reluctant to sell, realising it could jeopardise their chances of reaching the Premier League, though this is their last chance to cash in before his contract expires this summer. The Black Cats will be hoping Bothroyd forces their hand by demanding a move. While Sunderland received a glimmer of encouragement in their pursuit of Charles N'Zogbia yesterday, the opposite could be said of their hopes of signing Welbeck. The 20-year-old forward is on a seasonlong loan from Manchester United, and Bruce has always publicly maintained getting Sir Alex Ferguson to permanently part with such a highly-rated youngster would be nigh on impossible. "Steve has as much chance of getting me," scoffed the 69-year-old former Rangers centre-forward. …

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