Sunderland AFC news round-up: Big Sam for return, Defoe, O'Shea, Bain

Sam Allardyce: China link
Sam Allardyce: China link
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Just when you thought the words 'Sam' and 'Allardyce' had been given a day or two off in the media.

Then comes the Sun telling us today that Big Sam will be on his way back to Sunderland, should a "Chinese consortium" buy the club.

Read here our report on the situation at the Stadium of LIght.
Jose Mourinho rarely gets a mention today too - don't get excited, the alleged 'Special One' is not coming to Wearside.

Leading scorer Jermain Defoe feels Sunderland can do what Mourinho did when Manchester United went to Liverpool on Monday.

See what Defoe is talking about here.

John O'Shea is Sunderland's senior stager at one year older than Mr Defoe.

The Black Cats skipper talks about how the side needs it's experienced players back, but says the club's young talent must learn on the job.

Read O'Shea's thoughts.

Sunderland, of course, need wins and the club's CEO Martin Bain has talked of the need of fostering a winning mentality.

See the message from the former Rangers chief executive.