Sunderland AFC news: Black Cats battle Norwich for striker, Allardyce lifts lid on tactics, coupon-busting hopes

Sam Allardyce on the touchline against Watford
Sam Allardyce on the touchline against Watford
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Sunderland are battling with Norwich City for the January signing of French striker Sebastien Haller, according to reports.

Haller was among Sunderland's targets during the summer, but they were unwilling to meet Utrecht's £6million asking price for the 6ft 2in 21-year-old.

Sunderland's wastefulness in front of goal cost them for the second successive game against Watford yesterday and they have been looking at possible January additions up front, with QPR's Charlie Austin one of those under consideration.

And now Norwich City have entered the race for his signature.

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Meanwhile, boss Sam Allardyce has lifted the lid on why he made a tactical switch after just 19 minutes against Watford.
Allardyce also reveals why Jermain Defoe didn't start.

Sunderland defender Billy Jones - who started as a central defender against Watford - hopes the Black Cats can become 'coupon-busters' themselves before 2015 is out.

Sunderland travel to Chelsea and Manchester City and face Liverpool at the Stadium of Light over the festive period.

Jones reveals his hopes for Sunderland here:
And finally, tickets details have been released ahead of Sunderland's trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League next month.

The Black Cats head to White Hart Lane on Saturday 16 January for a 12.45pm kick-off.

Tickets for the clash are priced at either £37 or £41 for adults, £21 or £24 for over 65s and either £19 or £22 for under 18s.

Supporters can purchase tickets in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office, by calling 0871 911 1973 or online at www.safc.com.