Allardyce has won his last two games as Black Cats boss, beating Crystal Palace and Stoke City 1-0 and 2-0 respectively, with real signs of promise from his Sunderland side of late.
Still, in order to beat the threat of relegation, Allardyce will need to make new signings in the January transfer window, and it seems that he already has targets in mind.
The Mirror report that Allardyce is a huge fan of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, and wanted to sign him for previous club West Ham.
Townsend, 24, has barely played for Spurs this season, and having been demoted to the Under-21 side, a January exit - whether loan or permanent - seems almost inevitable.
It's now reported that Allardyce wants to add Townsend to give his side a boost in the final third, and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy appears willing to do a deal.
Levy has allegedly dropped the asking price on Townsend's head from £12m to £7.5m, which should attract some interest once the transfer window opens.
A pacey winger with a point to prove ahead of England's Euro 2016 campaign, Townsend will be hoping for a strong second half of the season, whether it's with Tottenham or one of their Premier League rivals.