Sunderland AFC news: Roma target Lens, Allardyce's keeper headache, why Rodwell won't play in defence

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Sunderland forward Jeremain Lens has emerged as a target for Italian giants Roma.

Summer signing Lens has fallen out of favour recently and spent time training with the club's Under-21 side after being disciplined by Sam Allardyce.

And now Roma have emerged as a leading contender to sign him when the January transfer window opens.

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Sunderland host Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night and Allardyce has a dilemma in goal.

He named Vito Mannone in goal for the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.

And Allardyce admits he is yet to make his mind up whether to recall Costel Pantilimon.

Read his comments in full here:
And finally, with captain John O'Shea struggling to make the game and Younes Kaboul out for two months with a calf injury, Sunderland face a defensive crisis.

But one man who won't be filling in at centre-back is Jack Rodwell.

Allardyce has confirmed he sees the former Everton and Man City midfielder as just that, a midfielder.

Read his views here: