The Sunderland regulars in the Transfer Tavern are in good spirits today after reading reports revealing one of their potential targets for the January transfer window.
According to the Shields Gazette, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has named West Ham star James Collins as one of his primary targets in order to bolster his defensive options for the second half of the campaign.
Since Allardyce was appointed Black Cat’s boss two months ago, there has been speculation that the former West Ham boss would attempt to secure the services of some of his former players.
Despite the speculation attached to managers returning to their former clubs for transfer business, Allardyce claims that his interest in Collins is genuine.
The Welsh international’s contract at West Ham is due to expire in the summer and there has been very little indication of him extending his stint at the club.
However, with Sunderland’s Premier League status in jeopardy, Allardyce will be hoping to secure Collins at a cut-price and focusing on potential loan deals in order to survive the impending relegation battle.
Despite the possibility of the 32-year-old defender departing from the club, West Ham’s injury list has caused several out-of-favour players to be recalled to the first-team, including James Collins, so his services may still be required.
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