Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that adding more experience to his options in attack is his top priority in the transfer market this summer.
The Black Cats manager currently has Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won as recognised strikers at his disposal with the new Premier League campaign looming on the horizon.
But with the trio providing a combined total of just five goals from their occasional starts and more regular substitute outings last term, O'Neill knows he must bolster his options.
Stephane Sessegnon was regularly employed in a more advanced role last season alongside on-loan Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner, while O'Neill has also seen Asamoah Gyan's temporary stint with Al-Ain become permanent.
O'Neill told The Sunderland Echo: "Undoubtedly, what is focusing my mind more than anything else is the need to strengthen our attacking options.
"We have lost Nicklas Bendtner after his loan, we have lost Asamoah Gyan from our squad list and we need to bring in strikers.
"What I am looking to do is bring in attacking players who have quality and who have more experience than we have now, because, when you look at our squad in terms of attackers, we are short on experience and it's something we need to try to address."
O'Neill admitted that the Wearside outfit were hoping to complete one piece of transfer business in the coming days, but would not be drawn on the identity of the player.
He added: "There may be something I can tell you very soon, but I really don't want to say anything until players are actually signed."