Sunderland AFC news: Transfer target blow, praise for Jordan Pickford, Jack Rodwell to make the difference?

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Sam Allardyce's January recruitment plans have been dealt a blow - with Charlie Austin confirming he intends to stay at QPR.

The striker is a wanted man, with Newcastle United among the clubs tracking him.

But he has revealed he intends to stay in London until the end of the season, at least.

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Meanwhile, Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford has been highly praised by Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.

The on-loan youngster has been a revelation for Preston this season and he impressed again on Tuesday night, despite being at fault for the opening goal for Birmingham.

Boss Grayson said: "He was the first to admit when he came in there and apologised for the goal because he's come for it and missed it completely.

"We forgive him for that because he kept us in the game anyway. It shows he's got high standards for himself.

"We're very delighted that Sunderland have allowed him to be at our football club.

"The lad's got a bright future wherever he's going to be. We're just happy to have him and help with his development."

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce recently conceded he was contemplating recalling Pickford to the north east and Grayson knows that there is a possibility he will lose a 21-year-old who has been their last line of defence for 12 clean sheets this term.

And finally, could Jack Rodwell prove to be the difference for Sunderland this campaign?

Allardyce believes he could make a huge contribution to Sunderland's fight against the drop if he can find some consistency in his game.

"I liked Jack Rodwell’s performance," said Allardyce.

"It was like ‘come on Jack, where have you been?’

"If Jack plays how we know he can on a consistent basis, that will help a lot."

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