Sunderland boss Roy Keane has confirmed that he will pursue a deal for Luton Town winger Carlos Edwards in January.
Hatters boss Mike Newell revealed earlier in the month that the Championship strugglers had rejected three approaches for the Trinidad and Tobago international, but Keane is now determined to further test Luton's resolve over their star man.
Edwards enhanced his reputation with some fine displays at the World Cup finals and has continued to impress despite Luton's recent struggles in the Championship.
Watford failed to prise the 28-year-old wide man from their local rivals in the summer whilst SPL champions Celtic have also been linked with a January move.
Now Keane has sparked a likely transfer scramble by admitting he is keen to recruit Edwards to assist The Black Cats' play-off challenge.
"Carlos Edwards is a player that I admire and he is someone I would like to add to the squad," Keane told the Sunderland Echo.
"We do intend to follow up our interest but it would be premature to assume that anything will definitely happen in that direction.
"We'll have to see what Luton's position is on the matter but he is someone we're interested in, yes."
Luton are reportedly seeking around £1million for the man who has scored six times this season, and it is believed that Newell will not stand in his way should a suitable offer materialise.