Sunderland AFC news: January targets lined-up, Olympiakos defender will cost £7million, Advocaat to return?

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It may be the international break but it has been a busy day with Sunderland dominating the headlines.

Southend United boss - and close friend of Sam Allardyce - Phil Brown believes Sunderland are set to land one or two "really big" players in January.

Fans will certainly hope so, with Sunderland looking to bolster a squad battling relegation.

Read Brown's comments in full here.

Meanwhile, Olympiakos target Arthur Masuaku will cost Sunderland £7million.

The Echo today revealed the Greek side have slapped the hefty transfer fee on his head, with several of Europe's biggest clubs monitoring his progress.

For the latest transfer news click here.

Ex-Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat could be set for a return to football.

A director at Dutch side ADO Den Haag has confirmed talks with Advocaat have taken place over a role at the club, but not necessarily to become their new head coach.

Advocaat resigned as Sunderland boss last month and was replaced with Sam Allardyce.

An ADO Den Haag spokesman told ADO TV: “Yes, we have spoken with him. We are looking at how we can involve Dick at the club.

“He obviously stopped not so long ago at Sunderland, but we have contact. We’ll see how that develops.”

Another former Sunderland boss Peter Reid has been talking about Jack Rodwell's career and how important it is for young English prospects to make the right career choices.

Do you agree with Reid? Read his comments here:

And congratulations to Sunderland's Under-21 side who beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to progress to the quarter finals of the Premier League International Cup.

Boss Andy Welsh has challenged his side to go all the way in the competition.