Allardyce is drawing on past experience in the hope that a top player will want to help Sunderland out for the remainder of the season.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has said he is still active in this transfer window and appears to be chasing a top quality signing for the club who is in need of first team football, in the mould of Youri Djorkaeff when he signed the Frenchman at Bolton Wanderers.
So far the Black Cats have managed to secure the signings of Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N'Doye and Steve Harper, but Allardyce is looking for more as he looks to mastermind an end to the season which sees Sunderland avoid relegation yet again.
He is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “You’ve got to find out if that quality of player wants to come and join you, and ask the question.
“Sometimes, the circumstances will allow you to sign them, especially with the European Championships coming up this summer.
“For instance, Youri Djorkaeff came to me because he needed to play first-team football, so he could play for France in the World Cup that year.
“Otherwise he wouldn’t have even bothered with Bolton Wanderers."
Some would say there is an element of short-termism but right now Sunderland need to think about the next few weeks rather than the next few years. If they manage to get a player in that can help in both the short and medium term that would be ideal.
But if they attract a decent player, that can give the club a lift and the players on the field a lift, and potentially take their performance on to another level as a result.
Sunderland are currently four points adrift from safety with 15 games left, and those points can easily be made up with that element of quality to their side, though one doubts that Allardyce is going to hang his hopes of saving the club's season on just bringing in the one player that could be difficult to land in the first place.