Sunderland manager Simon Grayson is set to miss out on key transfer target Daryl Murphy, who is to sign for Nottingham Forest in what will come as a major blow to the Black Cats.
The Irish forward, who previously played for Sunderland between 2005 and 2010, is set to make the switch for a rumoured £2m, per Phil Smith of the Sunderland Echo.
The news will likely disappoint Sunderland manager Grayson, who is looking to replenish his side's attack after a bevy of exits following the team's relegation from the Premier League last season.
Both Victor Anichebe and Jermaine Defoe left on free transfers, and the team will need to restock at multiple positions ahead of the new Championship season. Losing the chase for Murphy will only strike off another potential name off the list.
Smith also reports that the Sunderland manager is interested in Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack, but that the Black Cats boss may be put off by the overall cost of the signing, whilst another target in Bournemouth's Max Gradel is likely to move to France, instead.
Murphy signed for current club Newcastle United back in August 2016, but injury kept him out until January of this year, where he impressed during his short time with the team.
The 34-year old scored five league goals in 14 games, although previously admitted that he was expecting to depart the club this summer.
He is now set to join a Nottingham Forest side who only narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship last season. Forest have already brought in winger Barrie McKay, forward Jason Cummings, and former RSC Anderlecht keeper Liam Bossin to the City Ground this summer.