West Ham pair & free-agent duo… New Sunderland boss draws up transfer plans

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is watching West Ham pair James Tomkins and James Collins ahead of January and is considering moves for free agent duo Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole as he looks to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League, according to reports from the Sunderland Echo.

‘Big Sam’ was officially named as Dick Advocaat’s successor at the Stadium of Light on Friday following the Dutchman’s decision to leave the club.

After keeping Sunderland in the top tier with a fantastic late run last term, the ageing tactician made an appalling start to the current campaign, with only bitter rivals Newcastle’s inferior goal difference keeping the winless Wearsiders from the foot of the table

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Allardyce – who left West Ham at the end of last season – is known for his abilities in the lower reaches of the Premier League, and reports suggest that he already has transfer plans in mind.

The ex-Bolton and Blackburn gaffer is considering free agents Nolan and Cole, both of whom he coached at Upton Park, who could make an immediate impact at the club.

Meanwhile Tomkins and Collins are two of Allardyce’s trusted defensive players, making them appealing as Sunderland have already shipped a division high of 18 goals in eight games.

However, the North East club will have to wait until January for the pair, and may have trouble persuading West Ham to sell Tomkins in particular.