A brand new goal guy can be a precedence for Black Cats boss Chris Coleman if Bournemouth recall Lewis Grabban from his mortgage spell on the Stadium of Light.
Madine, 27, has scored six targets in 20 league appearances for Bolton this time period.
He is underneath contract on the Macron Stadium till 2019, having signed a brand new two-year deal in May.
According to the Daily Star newspaper, Madine is rated at £500,000.
Madine got here during the ranks at Carlisle United ahead of a transfer to Sheffield Wednesday in 2011.
He was once convicted of attack in October 2013 and served 5 months of an 18-month jail sentence.
The Gateshead-born striker joined Bolton in the summertime of 2015 after his Wednesday contract expired.
He has scored 22 targets in 98 appearances for Wanderers.
Sunderland supervisor Coleman is drawing up contingency plans in case main scorer Grabban is recalled by way of Premier League facet Bournemouth.
The Cherries loanee is reportedly attracting consideration from Fulham and Wolves.
Coleman mentioned: “I’ve been right here a couple of weeks, in my head, the positions and the folks I’d like to usher in I already know.
“That [recall] is an opportunity however we’re no longer expecting it, after all you by no means know in soccer.
“Of course we have to look at that and if does happen we need to make sure we’re on the front foot and we’ve got someone coming the other way. Fingers crossed it won’t.”
Meanwhile, Bolton midfielder Josh Vela has been connected with a transfer to Leeds.