According to The Mirror, Sunderland have sent scouts to watch Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland in action, in what would be a hugely ambitious move.
Sunderland sit five points adrift of safety, and are in desperate need of a spark in the January transfer window - and Allardyce now has the green light to take charge of transfers next month.
The Mirror state that, with Allardyce calling the shots, he has sent scouts over to Germany in order to watch Hoffenheim sensation Kevin Volland.
The 23-year-old forward has hit 33 goals in 122 games for Hoffenheim, becoming one of the most dangerous forwards in the Bundesliga whilst also picking up five caps for the German national team.
Primarily a right winger who loves to cut inside on to his left foot, Volland is one of German football's major sensations and is tipped for a bright future - a future which could bizarrely see him turn out for Sunderland.
It's suggested that Sunderland have a keen interest in attempting to lure Volland to the Stadium of Light having scouted him recently, but whether he's up for a move to relegation-threatened club remains to be seen, whilst Hoffenheim will certainly put up a fight to keep their top star.