Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is preparing a double swoop for West Ham pair James Tomkins and James Collins when the January transfer window reopens, The Mirror report.
The Black Cats boss knows the pair well from his time in charge at the Boleyn Ground and is in the market for defensive reinforcements currently.
Tomkins is rated at around the £10 million mark and has been in-and-out of the Hammers’ starting line-up this season, while Collins is on the fringes of things at the London club.
Sunderland’s fortunes have improved since Allardyce took over from Dick Advocaat at the club, with the experienced manager having a job on his hands to plug a weak defence.
His plight has been made all the more difficult after recent injuries to some of his centre-halves, with this an area the former Newcastle boss wants to strengthen in come January.
The Stadium of Light outfit are in the bottom three following a defeat to Arsenal yesterday.