According to The London Evening Standard, Malky Mackay is set to swoop for Sunderland forward Ryan Noble in order to boost his striking options.
Despite the short-term renaissance of Will Hoskins, Mackay is evidently less than impressed with his senior strikers Danny Graham and Heidar Helguson and with Marvelous Marvin Sordell out on loan at Tranmere; Liam Henderson is the only other available striker – and thus far the former Hartlepool man has not made a positive impression on the first-team.
Noble, a 17 year-old Sunderland Academy made his professional debut in the F.A Cup 3rd round as a substitute for Darren Bent in 3-0 win over Barrow. Having joined the Mackems as a fifteen year-old, Noble has also represented England`s young lions at U17 and U19 level.
Though it`s painstakingly evident we need to add something up top, throwing a seventeen year-old with a few minutes professional experience into the heat of the pressure cooker that is a relegation scrap does neither party any favours.
But, with extremely restrictive finances, who else can we lure down to the Vic`?