Sunderland boss ready to make former star his first Black Cats January addition (not Nolan)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is eager to make a move for his former West Ham defender James Collins in January, according to reports from the Daily Star.

‘Big Sam’ was famously sacked just minutes after the last whistle of the 2014/15 campaign and after spending a few months out of the game he returned to Premier League management with the Black Cats in October.

With Allaradyce known to be loyal to players who have served under him in the past there were immediate links with free agent Kevin Nolan, but reports claim that Collins is the star he wants next month.

The Welsh centre-back is now longer a guaranteed started under Slaven Bilic at Upton Park following the arrival of Angelo Ogbonna, and the lure of guaranteed playing time at the Stadium of Light may tempt him with EURO 2016 on the horizon.

Allardyce’s side currently possess the second worst defensive record in the league having shipped 26 in 13 games – only Bournemouth’s 27 is inferior – making a robust and experienced addition to improve the Sunderland rearguard tempting.