Having already brought in Dame N’Doye and Jan Kirchhoff, Allardyce now wants to sign players who are aware of the rigours of the Premier League as the Black Cats look to ensure their top flight survival.
N'Doye has half a seasons worth of Premier League experience to his name, but Allardyce wants players who have been there and done it for much of their career, although there is one downside to targeting such players.
Whilst foreign imports can be brought in on small fees, signing domestic players is a real challenge, as they command larger prices - generally for a worse player.
Other Premier League sides know just how much experience of the English top flight is worth, and can set their own prices for players knowing that relegation threatened sides will pay that premium.
Allardyce addressed the issue he is facing, saying: “The foreign market has always offered better value for money, and that still applies. But the fact of the matter is that there are far more quality players available abroad than there is in this country because who wants to sell anybody a player in the Premier League at the moment?”
The report indicates that Allardyce is looking to add two further outfielders to his squad before the end of this month, as well as a new goalkeeper following the departure of Costel Pantilimon to Watford.