Sunderland are reportedly ready to make a January swoop for England striker Andy Carroll.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce, who succeeded former manager Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light earlier last month, is thought to be keen on working with the West Ham United hitman again past the New Year.
The 26-year-old, who has nine international caps to his name, has scored one goal in six Premier League appearances for the Hammers so far this season after returning from a long-term knee ligament injury.
It is also thought that West Ham, who are currently sixth in the standings after their opening 12 league games, are willing to listen to offers for Carroll in January.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle United striker cost the Hammers £15m back in 2013 from Anfield and is currently the club’s top earner on £85,000-per-week.