Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has held initial talks with Sunderland over the possibility of replacing Sam Allardyce, who is set to named the England coach, the Mirror reports.
Moyes has been unemployed since being sacked by Real Sociedad and is believed to be eager for a return to the Premier League.
The Black Cats have been staking out possible replacements for Allardyce, with Moyes hugely favoured to get the job as he is highly-regarded by Sunderland owner Ellis Short.
The former Everton manager will also be looking for an opportunity to repair his reputation having been sacked at his last two jobs after only lasting for a limited period of time.
It is not the first time the Scot is being linked with the Sunderland job, as he was also linked last summer when Dutchman Dick Advocaat left the post.
And as the uncertainty currently surrounding the future of Allardyce persists, the club has released a statement to clarify the position of things regarding their managerial position.
It read: “Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.
“We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.”