Sunderland are interested in appointing Paul Lambert as their manager in the summer, according to The Sun.
The British tabloid claims that if the Black Cats suffer relegation to the Championship at the end of the season, then they will be looking to appoint Lambert as their boss.
According to the report, Sunderland owner Ellis Short is impressed with the way the 45-year-old has worked with success on a limited budget at Norwich City and Aston Villa.
Lambert is currently without a managerial job, having been sacked by Premier League outfit Villa in February.
The former Scotland international midfielders knows the Premier League inside out, but it will be interesting to see how he operates in the Championship.
If Sunderland do go down to the second tier of English football, then they are likely to lose some of their best players.
It is far from easy for relegated Premier League clubs to bounce straight back, and Lambert will have to be given time to impose his ideas.