Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a move to Premier League side Sunderland.
The Black Cats are thought to be on the lookout for striking reinforcements after manager Martin O'Neill hit out at their inability to convert in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Fraizer Campbell is expected to return following long-term injury shortly, although the future of Ghana international Asamoah Gyan, who is on loan with Al Ain, remains uncertain.
Cisse is being tipped to leave the Bundesliga club during the January transfer window and he has admitted an interest in playing Premier League football.
The 26-year-old has seen fellow Senegal international Demba Ba doing well in England and he would love to replicate his success.
"I'm flattered by the interest of Sunderland and other clubs," he told Sky Sports. "I'd like to one day play in England.
"I love the Premier League and want to make my name there like my mate Demba Ba is doing with Newcastle at the moment.
"My German club Freiburg has their say as well and I have big respect to that club who made me who I am today."
Freiburg's general manager Dirk Dufner has confirmed the club are scouring for potential striking reinforcements as they cannot guarantee Cisse's stay.
"We're keeping half an eye out on a new striker, because we're unable to actually rule out a move for Papiss," said Dufner.