According to the Daily Mirror, Sunderland's talks over appointing Sam Allardyce as their new manager are stalling over financial issues.
The Black Cats are once again looking for a new manager after Dutchman Dick Advocaat resigned on Sunday afternoon, following a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
The favourite ever since Advocaat's departure has been former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who was a defender for Sunderland during his playing days.
60-year-old Allardyce has been out of work since leaving West Ham on the final day of last season, and The Mirror report that he is interested in returning to his former club.
However, it's also stated that Allardyce wants a big transfer budget in January to overhaul his squad, whilst a bonus for keeping the club in the Premier League is also believed to be one of his demands - and those financial matters are stalling a potential deal.
It's also believed that, should Allardyce take the job, he already has his first signing in mind - his former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham star Kevin Nolan.
The 33-year-old is currently a free agent having been released by the Hammers in August, and given his close relationship with Allardyce over the years, a reunion could be on the cards if a deal can be struck for 'Big Sam' to take the reins at the Stadium of Light.