Sunderland AFC news: Cats and Newcastle linked with French starlet, duo may make Italy switch, fan award

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Sunderland have been linked with a move for a young French striker as Sam Allardyce bids to bolster his squad.

With the January transfer window on the horizon, potential incomings and outgoings dominate the headlines as sporting director Lee Congerton gets busy.

Sunderland duo Vito Mannone and Jordi Gomez have both been linked with moves to Serie A clubs next month, but it is possible signings that most excite fans.

And the Black Cats – along with rivals Newcastle – have been credited with an interest in Anthony Koura, a 22-year-old striker currently playing in France’s second division for Nimes Olympique.

French newspaper L’Equipe say both Newcastle United and Sunderland are ‘very interested’ in doing a deal for the player, who is out of contract in the summer.

The North East duo have also both been linked with striker Charlie Austin, but new QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned them that they won’t ‘pinch’ their star player in January.

Elsewhere, Sunderland are auctioning off their special poppy shirts for charity.

Full details on how you can get your hands on one of the match-worn shirts are here.

And the club is celebrating after Chris Waters was awarded the prestigious Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year title by a specially selected Football Supporter Federation panel, recognising his outstanding work with Sunderland fans’ groups and individual supporters.

Waters, who has held the role at the Stadium of Light for four years, said: “I would like to thank all the supporters and branches that nominated me, it is a pleasure to liaise with them on a daily basis as we continue to improve going forward.”

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “Chris epitomises our values as a club and we are delighted that his dedication has been recognised at a national level.”