The Scottish Sun suggests that Sam Allardyce is looking into bringing Carlton Cole to the Stadium Of Light.
Allardyce ,who was appointed manager of the struggling Premier League side yesterday, is a big fan of Cole and believes he will add some power up front as he looks at building a side capable of remaining in the Premier League.
The fact that Cole is still unattached is something that Allardyce does not understand.
Cole has been training with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic over recent weeks is desperate to find a new club and with Celtic dithering over the decision to offer him a contract or not may just put Sunderland in pole position to land the striker.
Cole becomes the second former player Allardyce is keen on signing following news yesterday that he is hoping that Kevin Nolan will also join him in the North East.
Sunderland fans in The Transfer Tavern are optimistic about the signing of Carlton Cole and are hopeful that a deal can be concluded soon.
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