Sunderland are preparing a cash bid for Everton striker Tom Cannon.

The Toffees are open to sending Cannon out on loan this summer but the Black Cats could make a permanent bid for him, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

However, Sunderland’s pursuit of the 20-year-old will depend on whether Ross Stewart is sold this summer, with the in-demand forward yet to recover from an Achilles injury.

Cannon has attracted high interest from the Championship after a stellar six-month loan spell at Preston North End, where he netted eight goals in the second half of the campaign.

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Cannon was labelled ‘incredible’ by former striker Dean Ashton and has certainly made his mark in the English second tier, catching the eye of Sean Dyche at his parent club.

The youngster had been called up to the first team for Everton’s pre-season schedule and he was rumoured to replace Ellis Simms in their Premier League squad, however he now looks set to leave again.

Birmingham City, Stoke City and Preston are just a few of the clubs eager to sign Cannon on loan, though Sunderland’s pursuit could be of interest to Merseyside club if they are willing to cash in.

A recent report by Sunderland Nation has claimed that Stewart has turned down the latest contract offer from the Championship club and could be on his way out, with Southampton keen on the 27-year-old.

If Stewart leaves the Stadium of Light then the Black Cats could place their focus on snapping up Cannon, while the Scot’s exit may gift them the funds to compete for his signature.

Everton would be taking a risk to let Tom Cannon join Sunderland

While Tom Cannon has only really played half a season of senior football, the striker’s potential was very obvious to Preston North End fans as he hugely impressed during his time at Deepdale.

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Cannon’s ability is clear and, at only 20 years old, he could be a huge player for Everton in a few years.

While a decent fee from Sunderland could prove tempting, the Toffees should consider letting him leave on loan and then deciding further on his future next summer -when he could perhaps be worth even more.

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