SB: Cats must get claws into a striker

The Black Cats sold Jones to Premier League rivals Stoke earlier

this month for £8million – and their only goals in two games

this season have been a Darren Bent penalty and a Stephen Carr own

goal. On-loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, 19, and

Martyn Waghorn, 20, are providing cover to Bent and Fraizer

Campbell. But Bruce accepts he must find a proven goal-getter to

boost the Black Cats’ strikepower and compensate for the loss of

Jones. “It’s absolutely paramount that I replace Kenwyne Jones,”

he told the Daily Star. “I’ve got to do it. We’ve got a couple of

young lads in Danny Welbeck and Martyn Waghorn who will play their

part, but they are young boys. “I would not want to get to the end

of the window without another striker here.” Bruce’s prime target

is believed to be Ghanaian World Cup star, Asamoah Gyan. The

24-year-old Rennes striker is rated at £12million but

Sunderland are yet to meet the French club’s valuation. “We have

one or two irons in the fire, but unfortunately nothing is

imminent,” Bruce added.