According to the Daily Mirror, Sam Allardyce has 'first refusal' on becoming the next Sunderland manager, with a decision over his future imminent.
Sunderland's search for a new manager is underway having seen Dutchman Dick Advocaat leave the club on Sunday, following the 2-2 draw against West Ham United.
The Black Cats have had trouble finding a long-term manager in recent years, and with the likes of Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet also struggling recently, owner Ellis Short must find a manager who can take Sunderland out of their slumber.
The current favourite for the role is Sam Allardyce, with the 60-year-old out of work following his exit from West Ham United on the final day of last season.
Allardyce, a former Sunderland defender, has a reputation for stabilising struggling Premier League clubs, and 'Big Sam' may be ideal for what Sunderland need right now.
The Mirror report that Allardyce has first refusal on the role and is Sunderland's top target, but Allardyce has yet to decide whether he will take the role.
It's stated that Allardyce would like more time away from football before returning to management in 2016 - but Sunderland's desire to appoint him means that he has a big decision to make in the coming days, with a verdict expected imminently.