Sam Allardyce is in talks with Sunderland regarding their vacant managerial post and has laid out a list of demands, including the signing of one of his former players Kevin Nolan, according to reports from The Mirror.
The Black Cats are currently without a head coach after parting company with Dick Advocaat last weekend and are on the lookout for a new boss before domestic football returns in just over a week’s time.
‘Big Sam’ is known for his work with clubs at the lower end of the top tier, and reports claim that he’s being considered by the North East outfit.
However, his demands are believed to be extensive, with signing Nolan high on his agenda.
The 33-year-old Liverpudlian was released by West Ham over the summer and is still without a club despite links with teams in France and the Championship.
Allardyce coached him at Bolton, Newcastle and with the Hammers, and sees him as the right sort of character in the dressing room for a relegation scrap.
Reports suggest that his demands go further, with the experienced gaffer also keen to overhaul the squad in January – which will require funds.
He is also seeking a significant bonus payment should he be able to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
Allardyce has connections with the Wearside club having played for them in the 1980s and coached under Peter Reid during the 1990s.