SUNDERLAND have lined up a loan move for Everton striker Nathan Broadhead.

Black Cats officials have held talks over the 23-year-old, with Everton boss Rafael Benitez having given Broadhead the green light to leave Goodison Park on loan.

Lee Johnson has identified a number of different attacking targets in the last few weks, but Broadhead is now firmly established as Sunderland's number one attacking option and a deal could be concluded in the next 48 hours.

Bangor-born Broadhead made his senior Everton appearance under Carlo Ancelotti in April and boasts two first-team outings for the Toffees.

He boasts extensive experience of life in League One though, having made 22 appearances during a loan spell at Burton Albion in the 2019-20 season.

Most of his outings for the Brewers came in a wide-attacking role, and he can play anywhere across the frontline.

While Ross Stewart has started the current campign in impressive form, Sunderland are short of cover in attack following the departure of both Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire since the end of last season.

There are still huge question marks over the future of Will Grigg, with the Northern Irishman expected to leave Wearside before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.