Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce closes in on new signing, Pickford rules out further loan, press conference updates

Sam Allardyce closes in on new signing
Sam Allardyce closes in on new signing
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Sam Allardyce will meet the press this afternoon ahead of the Premier League match at Swansea City.

The Black Cats face fellow strugglers Swansea on Wednesday night with both sides desperate for three points - Sunderland are four points adrift of the Swans.

Follow updates from Allardyce's press conference via our live blog here:
Meanwhile, Sunderland are closing in on their second signing of the January transfer window.

Ex-Hull City forward Dame N’Doye is the next signing in Sunderland’s sights, with the Senegal international expected on Wearside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, with a view to a four-month loan deal from Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Jan Kirchhoff signed from Bayern Munich last week and N'Doye is expected to be Allardyce's second addition to his Sunderland squad.

For the very latest transfer news click here:
Jordan Pickford made his Sunderland debut in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Washington-born stopper has been reflecting on his debut in today's Sunderland Echo.

"The manager wanted to see me in a game and how I dealt with the pressure," said the 21-year-old.

"I thought I did that well and I’ve just got to keep training day-in, day-out, and see what happens."

Read the full interview here: