Sky Sports News understands Sunderland are in talks to sign Manchester City striker Benjani.
Benjani's future at City has been the subject of speculation for the last few weeks with a number of clubs credited with an interest in the Zimbabwe international.
West Ham were believed to be close to signing the former Portsmouth man, but they have ended their interest in Benjani.
Sunderland have now jumped to the head of the queue for Benjani with the player understood to be on Wearside for talks.
It appears that Roberto Mancini would not stand in the way should Benjani wish to leave:
"I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he had a possibility to go and play.
We have a lot of strikers but he it is up to him to decide. "If he wants to stay here I will be happy. He is a good player and a good man."