The 28-year-old livewire centre-forward, who spent three years at the Madejski Stadium, is at the Stadium of Light in a bid to earn a contract with the high-flying North-Eastern outfit.
Cureton recently spent a couple of weeks training at the Madejski Stadium as he recovered from injury, prompting talk of a return to the club. However, given the oval shape of his belly, and Coppell's decision to invest in Lloyd Owusu and Dave Kitson, the dramatic return some fans had been hoping for will not happen.
Officially, ex-England schoolboy Curo is the property of Busan Icons. The goalscorer signed a two-year deal with the South Korean side in the summer but, after failing to settle in the Far East, he is hoping for a January transfer window return to the UK. The Icons are asking for a 'nominal' fee for their striker, believed to be in the region of £50,000.
Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy is looking for a support act to partner his all-singing all-dancing Stewart-Oster partnership. The ex-Republic of Ireland boss was rebuffed in his attempts to take Huddersfield's Jon Stead to the North-East in a £1m deal. Attempts to prise Sam Parkin away from Swindon also look destined to fail so McCarthy has turned his attentions to Cureton.
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