MIDDLESBROUGH forward Ashley Fletcher is back on Sunderland’s agenda as Chris Coleman’s deadline day search for a new front-man continues.

Fletcher has found opportunities limited on Teesside since arriving from West Ham in a £6.5m deal last summer.

The 22-year-old has been considered by Sunderland already this month but they stepped up their interest in the latter stages of the window.

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Fletcher has also been wanted by Barnsley and Leeds this month and now Sunderland, desperate for a striker, are looking to get something done before 11pm tonight.

He has only made three starts for Middlesbrough since moving to the North-East, scoring twice. He has struggled to convince Tony Pulis he deserves to start.

However, the former Manchester United youngster has plenty of potential and is desperate for more first team football to rebuild his confidence.

During Fletcher’s loan at Barnsley he helped them to promotion in 2016 by scoring eight times in 27 appearances.

He signed a four-year deal at Middlesbrough last summer but has found himself behind Britt Assombalonga, Rudy Gestede, Patrick Bamford and Martin Braithwaite in the pecking order.

Sunderland are also looking for a goalkeeper today after failing to complete deals for either of Middlesbrough’s Dimi Konstantopoulos and Leeds’ Andy Lonergan.