Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce's French scouting mission, Wickham bid

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Sunderland take on Crystal Palace tonight in desperate need of a win – but Sam Allardyce would take a point now.

The club is 19th in the Premier League ahead of the game at Selhurst Park.

But manager Allardyce is reluctant to call it a "must-win" game.

Allardyce's side will come up against former Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, who joined Palace in the summer.

And Allardyce has revealed he tried to sign Wickham while at West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Allardyce has been on a weekend scouting mission ahead of the January transfer window.