According to The Mirror, Sunderland have offered Sam Allardyce the chance to become their new manager - and believe he will accept.
The Black Cats are searching for a new manager having seen Dick Advocaat resign on Sunday afternoon, following a 2-2 home draw with West Ham United.
Sunderland will naturally want a swift appointment in time to face West Bromwich Albion next weekend, and it seems that their top choice is Sam Allardyce.
The 60-year-old, who was a defender for Sunderland during his playing days, left West Ham at the end of last season, and could be tempted back into management by his former club.
The Mirror report that Sunderland have now offered the job to Allardyce, and whilst they believe he will accept the deal, there remains a sticking point over the length of the contract.
It's stated that Allardyce currently only wants a short-term deal with a huge bonus should he keep the club in the Premier League, whilst Sunderland would prefer to tie him to a longer-term deal at the Stadium of Light.
It still appears that an agreement with Allardyce is drawing ever closer for Sunderland, who could certainly improve with Allardyce's influence, given his reputation for stabilising struggling clubs in the top flight - and after years of instability in the dugout, that's just what Sunderland need.