According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland will target a move to appoint Sam Allardyce this summer - if he leaves his position as West Ham manager.
The Black Cats have had a poor season so far, and their struggles under Gus Poyet mean they sit just four points above the relegation zone.
With just one win in the last ten games, Sunderland are battling for Premier League survival - and Poyet is clinging on to his job at the Stadium of Light.
The boos have been ringing out on Wearside for some time now, and even if Sunderland stay up, Poyet could well lose his job this summer after only four wins this season.
If the Uruguayan does lose his job, then the Daily Mail believe that the Black Cats will target a move to appoint West Ham boss Allardyce.
Allardyce had West Ham in contention for European qualification in the first half of the season, but has struggled since the turn of the year - and is currently on a run of just one win in 11 Premier League games.
Recent reports have suggested that Allardyce will leave Upton Park at the end of his contract this summer, with West Ham believed to be looking at a host of illustrious replacements.
'Big Sam' has already had one failed spell in the North East having struggled as Newcastle boss in the 2007/08 season, but he could be keen for a move to Sunderland having played for the Black Cats back in the early 1980's.
Any move relies on Sunderland's decision over Poyet as well as West Ham's decision over Allardyce, whilst Sunderland would surely need to secure their Premier League status in order to entice Allardyce.