Sunderland AFC news: Interest mounts in goalkeeper, Sam's transfer update, Chelsea boss latest

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Italian side Atalanta are the latest club to be linked with a move for Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone.

Sam Allardyce admitted earlier this month that Mannone could depart in the January transfer window, with the back-up stopper making just one appearance this season.

Verona and Bournemouth have both been credited with an interest in Mannone, and there have now been reports in Italy that Atalanta are also in the running for the 27-year-old.

Atalanta keeper Marco Sportiello is a target for Roma, which could create a vacancy to move for Mannone.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce has confirmed Sunderland are interested in Lorient centre-half Lamine Kone, although he has denied reports in France that the Black Cats have agreed a fee for the 27-year-old.

"There’s no offers or conversations with Lorient at this moment of time," said Allardyce.

Allardyce spent the earlier part of this week scouting potential targets on the Continent and it is understood that a centre-half and striker are his priorities for the January window.

The more pressing issue for Allardyce is boosting Sunderland's chances of beating the drop at managerless Chelsea tomorrow.

Guus Hiddink is widely tipped to take caretaker charge of Chelsea until the end of the season and there have been photographs on social media suggesting that the ex-Holland manager is en route to London.

But coaches Steve Holland and Eddie Newton oversaw Chelsea's training session this morning and could be in charge at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland.