According to the Sunderland Echo, Sam Allardyce wants to bring a Bosman signing to the Stadium of Light in the coming days, although only one player can be registered before the January transfer window.
The report names both Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole - who played under Allardyce at West Ham - as two players who are on the manager’s radar, whilst Morgan Amalfitano is also said to be a target, according to the Mirror.
He also played under Allardyce at the Boleyn Ground, and left the Hammers last week after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
The Black Cats can bring in just one player, so which of the former West Ham players should Allardyce look to sign?
The ageing midfielder would bring leadership, experience and a winning mentality to the Black Cats, although there are doubts about his ability to perform in the Premier League now. A favourite of Allardyce, Nolan would put in a top class effort, but it is hard to imagine him having a large impact in the number of challenging games that the Black Cats are going to play.
As a striker, Cole would face a lot of competition if he was to sign with Sunderland, as Allardyce is already able to call upon the likes of Fabio Borini, Steven Fletcher, Jermain Defoe and Danny Graham. However, his skills as a target man are unmatched in relation to all the current Black Cats’ players, and Allardyce’s desire to play route one football could see Cole as a valuable component of his team.
Amalfitano is the kind of signing which could revitalise the Black Cats, and bring true top class talent to the Wearside club. Able to play on the wing or as a number 10, fielding an attack with Amalfitano and Jeremain Lens on each wing would be one of the strongest in the entire Premier League. They would possess the kind of pace and trickery which would work wonders in Allardyce’s direct style of play, whilst both also bring a goal threat. The only worry with Amalfitano is his attitude, having been outcast from West Ham this season after disagreements with Slaven Bilic.