Sunderland are NOT expected to make a move for Andros Townsend this month, despite being heavily tipped to land the England international.
The Black Cats are one of a number of Premier League sides that have considered making a move for Townsend, who is out of favour at Spurs after a bust-up with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.
There have been reports over recent weeks that Sunderland were leading the race for Townsend, valued around the £10million mark by Spurs.
But the Echo understands that Townsend is not among the players Sunderland are currently looking at, with other areas of the side a priority for Sam Allardyce.
Sunderland would have to shell out big money for a player who hasn’t started a Premier League game all season, and neither would they be able to sign the 24-year-old on loan, unless they terminated the deal of Spurs team-mate DeAndre Yedlin.
Neighbours Newcastle United have taken a similar stance after considering a deal for the winger.
As reported by the Echo, Sunderland’s priorities for the remainder of the transfer window are thought to be a new centre-forward and a right-back, even though there are already three senior players on the books in the latter position.
Sunderland could look to strengthen in other positions towards the end of the window, but that is expected to depend on how many players the Black Cats can offload.
The club are already on the limits of the wage budget set by the Premier League and need to offload those considered surplus to requirements.
There were reports in France yesterday that centre-half Damien Da Silva had rejected a move to the Stadium of Light after Sunderland approached Ligue 1 side Caen.
But that approach was prior to the signing of new defender Jan Kirchhoff, with Allardyce not looking for another centre-half.
Sunderland had also enquired about QPR’s Steven Caulker and saw a move for Lorient’s Lamine Kone collapse, before snapping up Kirchhoff.