NIKOLA Zigic’s agent has claimed Sunderland have inquired about the Serbia striker.
The forward will leave Birmingham this summer after relegation from the top flight and his representative says the Black Cats are among a number of Premier League sides interested in recruiting him.
Milan Calasan claimed in a Serbian newspaper the Wearsiders want the forward but cannot afford to meet Birmingham’s asking price.
He said: “A few English teams are showing interest in Zigic, but the obstacle now is his high wage at Birmingham.
There has been interest from Everton, Wigan and Sunderland, but they cannot meet the quoted price.
“Zigic will not be playing in the Championship.
“There are clubs in England which are willing to meet the demands for him, and it is possible he will be continuing his career in the Premier League.”
Bruce’s interest in Zigic – if Calasan’s claims are to be believed – would probably have come at the start of the summer when Sunderland were hunting for someone to lead the line.
The £8million signing of Connor Wickham, who provides bulk, power and strength, probably means their interest in Zigic is dead.
Besides, Bruce has made several public proclamations that he is happy with his striking pack after seeing Stephane Sessegnon hit the goal trail during pre-season.
While Danny Welbeck becoming available would probably change that, Sunderland are unlikely to broker a permanent deal for a striker before the August deadline.
A left-sided midfielder is top of Bruce’s priorities.