Wolfsburg striker Patrick Helmes is on the Sunderland radar.

The Sunday Mirror says Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has turned to 13-cap ­German striker Helmes after Liverpool emerged as favourites to take Craig Bellamy back from Manchester City.

Helmes, 27, only moved from Bayer Leverkusen to Wolfsburg in January for ­£7million, scoring three goals in 11 games.

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