The newly-appointed Sunderland boss has taken over a team low on confidence and one tipped by many to suffer relegation following a poor start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
The January transfer window seemingly can’t come quickly enough for the Black Cats, and it’s a period of the season which could prove critical in regards to their survival hopes.
Indeed, Allardyce is already seeking future reinforcements and QPR ace Sando has reportedly topped the list as the 60-year-old wants to add some steel to his Sunderland midfield.
“Sam Allardyce wants Sandro to put some bite into his Sunderland midfield when the transfer window opens in January,” the Mirror reports.
Midfield competition needed:
Sunderland’s poor defensive record has more to it than just a leaky defence.
The back five are offered little protection from what’s in front of them, largely due to an unbalanced midfield and a lack of discipline out of possession.
Lee Cattermole and Yann M’Vila need extra competition, and Sandro can provide that for Sunderland.
The Brazil international is predominantly a defensive midfielder and has plenty of Premier League experience, spending four seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before joining QPR.
In spite of the Hoops’ relegation last season, Sandro was a solid performer and masked over an impressive 2.9 tackles and two interceptions per Premier League encounter.