It’s been a busy few days on the transfer front for Sunderland as the club gets ready for the January market opening.
Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen his struggling squad as they fight against relegation from the Premier League.
And he has been linked with a move for one of his old boys at West Ham United today – defender James Collins.
The Welsh international is reportedly a target for Allardyce who is keen to add some experience to his backline.
Elsewhere, Liam Bridcutt’s proposed loan move to Leeds is still in the pipeline – but they are now reported to be facing competition from Cardiff and Reading.
New Leeds manager Steve Evans remains hopeful of securing the midfielder’s services despite the ongoing ownership issues at Elland Road.
“I spoke to Liam on Friday and the conversation went extremely well,” he said.
However, Championship rivals Reading and Cardiff are also keen on the former Brighton midfielder.
Emmanuele Giaccherini has already gone out on loan, and is making an impression at Bologna, where he has scored twice in six games this season.
However, his agent, Furio Valcareggi, told Radio Nettuno: “Giaccherini is happy in Bologna but in June he will be going back to Sunderland.
“He has another year of his contract left with the Black Cats, and after then we will see.”