According to The Sun, Sunderland director of football Lee Congerton would like to have Brendan Rodgers as the club's new manager - but the former Liverpool boss isn't keen on a move to the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats are yet again looking for a new manager after Dick Advocaat's departure on Sunday afternoon, with the Dutchman lasting just a matter of months in the job.
With just over seven days left of the international break, Sunderland will be hoping to have a manager in place for the game against West Brom a week on Saturday - and The Sun believe that they are ready to offer Sam Allardyce a huge amount of money to take the job.
However, the same report states that Sunderland's under-pressure director of football Lee Congerton is a long-time friend of Brendan Rodgers, and would love to make him the new manager at the Stadium of Light.
Congerton worked closely alongside Rodgers during their time together at Chelsea, and Congerton is seemingly looking to use that connection to get the 42-year-old manager to take the job on Wearside.
Yet having just left Liverpool a matter of days ago, it's believed that Rodgers has higher ambitions than Sunderland, and doesn't want to risk having a relegation on his CV.
It's understandable from Rodgers' point of view, given that he almost won the Premier League title just 18 months ago - and his reluctance to join Sunderland could pave the way for Allardyce's return to the club he played for as a defender.