Sunderland AFC news: Cats linked to Scotland international, Sam on transfers, Spurs game switched

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Sam Allardyce has been talking transfers today as the January window edges closer – while Sunderland have been linked with a new striker.

The Black Cats are in desperate need to strengthen their forward line in the new year as they fight against Premier League relegation.

Allardyce has told the Echo that he will ‘not panic’ in the hunt for reinforcements.

The experienced boss said: “What you don’t want to do is panic. If it gets to the last two days and end up taking someone for the sake of it...God, the amount of times I’ve done that!”

For the full interview with Allardyce on the perils of the transfer window, click here.

The latest player Sunderland have been linked with is Derby County striker Chris Martin.

The 27-year-old has been prolific in the Championship with Derby, and has been capped seven times by Scotland.

And with doubts over the futures of Jermain Defoe, Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham – the latter two being out of contract in the summer – Martin could be a possible target for Allardyce.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on January 16 has had the kick-off time brought forward.

Sunderland fans must now get down to the capital for 12.45pm after the game was chosen for live transmission by BT Sport.