Sunderland have today been linked with an ambitious January move for ex-Newcastle United striker Andy Caroll.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce worked with Carroll at West Ham United and the pair have been linked with a New Year reunion as Allardyce looks to bolster his squad.
But the rumours appear far-fetched, with the Hammers wanting around £15million for the England forward.
Elsewhere, we revealed the reasons behind why Duncan Watmore wants to stay at the Stadium of Light.
The highly-rated Black Cats and England Under-21 ace is wanted by other Premier League and Championship sides Sunderland are keen to tie him down to a new, long-term deal.
Read our in-depth analysis here:
Allardyce, meanwhile, has been outlining one key message to his squad during the international break.
Upon succeeding Dick Advocaat at the helm, Allardyce immediately identified Sunderland’s back-line as the glaring weakness and the Black Cats have generally looked more solid under his stewardship, albeit they shipped six goals in the kamikaze defeat at Everton.
Read about his strategy here:
Meanwhile, Sunderland AFC’s Under-21 side has been drawn at home to Liverpool FC in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup.
The young Black Cats take on The Reds at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, Hetton, on Tuesday 24th November (KO 7pm).
Tickets for the clash are available now from the Stadium of Light ticket office priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Supporters can also pay on the night at turnstiles at Eppleton.
There will be no free entry for season card holders due to competition rules.