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Revealed: The NINE free agent attackers that Sunderland could target this summer - including ex-Middlesbrough and Rangers stars; Sunderland have much work to do this summer following the club's retained list.

Byline: James Copley

And with the transfer window now officially open, speculation is rife as to who the Black Cats could sign during the window.

Indeed, Sunderland will likely look to strengthen in attacking areas if Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke reject their offers to stay on Wearside beyond the summer.

Here, we take a look at the free agent options available to Lee Johnson during the window as Sunderland target promotion next campaign.

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CAPTION: Sam Baldock of Reading takes on Ilias Chair of Queens Park Rangers and Bright Osayi-Samuel of Queens Park Rangers.

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CAPTION: The 36-year-old prolific attacker is available on a free having left Preston North End. Although approaching the end of his career, Nugent could present an interesting short-term option for Sunderland in League One.

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CAPTION: The 26-year-old attacker - who spent last season on loan at League One club Fleetwood Town - is available for nothing this summer after Swansea City released him.

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CAPTION: The 32-year-old former Hull City, Fulham and Rangers attacker is a free agent this summer after his release from Reading.

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CAPTION: The former Cardiff City attacker has just been released by Middlesbrough. Mendez-Laing, 29, may have offers from clubs higher up the pyramid though.

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CAPTION: Former Sunderland attacker Kazenga LuaLua is now a free agent this summer after leaving Luton Town. The 30-year-old didn't pull up ant trees at the Stadium of Light but could do a job in League One.

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CAPTION: Junior Hoilett (left of the picture) is available for nothing in the summer window having departed Cardiff City. However, the 31-year-old attacker has played most of his football between the Championship and Premier League and is unlikely to drop down to League One at this stage in his career.

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CAPTION: The 30-year-old attacker has just been released from Sunderland's North East rivals Middlesbrough and is available on a free transfer. There will likely be Championship interest in him, however.

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CAPTION: The 29-year-old striker has just been released from Preston North End and has been linked with a host of League One clubs.

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CAPTION: The 32-year-old former England international is now a free agent following his release from Championship club Reading. Baldock scored 24 goals with Bristol City the last time he played in League One back in 2013-14.
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Title Annotation:Sunderland AFC
Author:James Copley
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Date:Jun 13, 2021
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