Sunderland AFC news: Cats linked with £6m former Real Madrid keeper, Allardyce revelation, points target revealed

Real Betis keeper Antonio Adan
Real Betis keeper Antonio Adan
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Sunderland have been linked with a summer move for £6million-rated former Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan.

The 28-year-old stopper plays for Real Betis but has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Adan is reported to have a buy-out clause of €8m - or £6million - with several Premier League sides reported to be monitoring Adan's situation.

Sunderland have a strong goalkeeping department at the moment though, with Vito Mannone the current No 1 under boss Sam Allardyce, with highly-rated England Under-21 international Jordan Pickford pushing him hard for a first team spot.

Allardyce, who sold Costel Pantilimon in the January transfer window, also added veteran Steve Harper to his squad as cover for Mannone and Pickford on a short team deal until the end of the season.

Mannone has 18-months left on his contract, while Pickford recently signed a new long-term deal to tie his future down until the summer of 2020.

Adan has worked under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, who famously brought him into the side in place of Madrid legend Iker Casillas.

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Meanwhile, Allardyce has revealed how he agreed to postpone his retirement plans and join Sunderland, BEFORE Dick Advocaat’s final game in charge against tomorrow’s opponents West Ham.

Allardyce returns to his former stomping ground this weekend after his departure from Upton Park at the end of last season could have marked the end of his career in the dug-out.

But he postponed his retirement plans in October to take charge at struggling Sunderland.

Advocaat’s departure was already decided before kick-off, yet it was not thought that Sunderland had a sure-fire successor lined up at that stage.

However, Allardyce has now confirmed that he watched the game on television with interest, having already provisionally agreed to succeed Advocaat after an approach from Sunderland chairman Ellis Short.

"I watched it and I was gutted because I knew I was coming," Allardyce told the Echo.

"It wasn't as if it was behind Dick’s back because he’d already told Ellis that he was leaving."

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And finally, Allardyce has revealed the points target he has entrusted his squad with achieving ahead of a big week in the club's battle to survive.

Big Sam believes the Black Cats need to register a minimum of four points over the next eight days, if they are to be successful in their survival bid.

Sunderland’s trip to Allardyce’s former club West Ham tomorrow is followed by the home game with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night before a clash at Southampton next Saturday.

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