The Sheffield Wednesday striker Sam Winnall is a January target for Sunderland, according to The Northern Echo.

The newspaper claims Winnall was also wanted by Sunderland a year ago and expects to leave the Owls this month, having entered the final half-season of his contract.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old has started Wednesday’s last two Championship fixtures, but just three overall, and has only scored once all campaign.

Asked about his future earlier this week, Winnall told BBC Radio Sheffield what will be, will be – adding that contract talks have yet to begin.

But Sunderland, it seems, would have to splash out on a permanent transfer.

“Well, I’ve got six months left on my contract so a loan move’s irrelevant, isn’t it? That’s out of the question,” said Winnall.

“I don’t know. Whatever happens in January, happens. I’m just trying to focus every day and every game on Sheffield Wednesday and just whatever will be, will be.”

Wednesday’s Winnall rides Sol Bamba’s challenge. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Winnall’s position is one in which Wednesday are expected to strengthen in January and, as a sizeable earner, his exit could help to free up funds for reinforcements.

Whether or not Sunderland could match his reported £18,000-a-week wages*, however, remains to be seen.

*Figures courtesy of The Sun newspaper

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