According to the Shields Gazette, Sunderland are interested in appointing Sean Dyche as their next manager.
The Black Cats are on the hunt for Dick Advocaat's successor after the Dutchman rejected their contract offer, and they reportedly feel that Dyche would be a good addition.
Dyche has impressed at Burnley in recent times, guiding the side to the Premier League, and Sunderland owner Ellis Short is thought to be an admirer of the gruffly-spoken boss.
Dyche had the lowest budget in the Premier League this season, but he made Burnley a competitive side, even if he wasn't able to steer them clear of relegation.
The 43-year-old demands that his players are hard-working and he has instilled great discipline into the Clarets squad.
Sunderland believe that he possesses a lot of the qualities that they are looking for in their new boss, and they could make a move to land him in the near future.
If they do, Burnley are likely to be reluctant to lose Dyche, but following their relegation back to the Championship, they may be powerless to resist.