Sunderland boss Bruce is expected to spend big this summer, with the promised backing of millionaire owner Ellis Short convincing him to leave Wigan to take over as boss at the Stadium of Light.
Bruce failed with a bid for Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole on Friday and has been linked with Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch and Tottenham forward Darren Bent.
With the club deciding against a move for Djibril Cisse, following the end of his loan spell, and allowing Michael Chopra to join Cardiff, the forward position was one area Bruce has been looking to strengthen.
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