Sunderland are set to make an ambitious bid to sign former Manchester City Striker Edin Dzeko as Sam Allardyce looks set to bolster his attacking options.
The Sunderland boss is looking for the perfect striker to work alongside their hit-man Jermain Defoe and Dzeko has come out as a surprise target. The Wearside club have proposed an £11 million offer for the Roma forward.
Dzeko did not have the best season following his transfer from Manchester City finding the net just 8 times in 31 appearances.
Big Sam believes he can rekindle Dzeko and help the striker find his form again which saw City pay £27million to sign him from Wolfsburg in 2011. Dzeko scored 50 goals in 130 Premier League appearances for City, many of them from the bench.
The 6ft 4′ forward would certainly give Sunderland something else partnering Defoe, the physical forward could play as a target man and bring other players into the game. His Premier League experience would also be key.
Dzeko had an uninspiring season in Serie A, a lot different to Defoe for Sunderland who fired them to safety. We take a look at how the pair compare. Defoe was arguably Sunderland’s savoir last season and this prove with goals scored, he managed 0.53 goals per 90 minutes which played out to be crucial in their survival, Dzeko on the other-hand managed 0.37 which is not so pleasing. Defoe has been around the Premier League for many, many seasons and has always been highly spoke about, he is a very natural striker and he managed a 66% shot accuracy last season compared to Dzeko who managed 50%. Dzeko deemed to be more of a team player than Defoe assisting 0.28 per 90 compared to Defoe 0.04. Dzeko also comes out on top for chances created after the forward managed to create 1.01 which is superior to Defoe’s 0.74. It’s no surprise Defoe comes out on top for total attack score, the England born striker managed to score an impressive 29.08 which puts him ahead of Dzeko 23.89. The stats show that Dzeko and Defoe could potentially work very well as a pairing.
Dzeko, who is well known around Europe has 79 caps for Bosnia scoring an impressive 46 goals.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti says Dzeko is part of his plans for next season but the Italians are open to offers for the Bosnian International. Roma want to recoup the £15 million they paid for his services with Sunderland offering £4 million less with their opening offer.
Sunderland narrowly escaped relegation last season and the club will want to build a squad which can achieve much more next season, a real issue is Dzeko’s wage demands, the 30-year-old is on around £130,000 a week and will certainly demand a similar amount if he was to return to England.
His massive wage demands shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Sunderland after they bagged themselves a lump sum with the new TV deal and surviving the drop, but it could change their other potential summer targets. An offer of £100,000 per-week may be their ceiling.
Turkish club Besiktas have also been credited with an interest, but it seems unlikely they will be able to lure the striker to Turkey leaving Sunderland to lead the chase.