England striker Peter Crouch has travelled to Wearside to discuss a £12million switch to Sunderland.
The 28-year-old arrived arrived in the north eaast after the Black Cats finally agreed a fee with Portsmouth at around midnight on Tuesday.
The lanky striker has reportedly become unsettled by the ongoing uncertainty at Fratton Park and is ready to consider a move away just a year after joining the club from Liverpool.
Bruce confirmed his interest in the player yesterday, and said his signing would signal Sunderland’s intent this season.
He said: “He is a player I have admired for a very long time, and I suppose a lot of other managers do exactly the same thing.
“We hope we can try to put something together because he would be the type of player, of course, that would signal our intention of the way we want to take the football club forward.”
Bruce has already signed one striker this summer, England Under-21 international Fraizer Campbell, while Paraguay skipper Paulo da Silva has also completed a move to the Stadium of Light.