Report discloses two positions Allardyce will look to strengthen after new deal secures additional funds

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The Sunderland manager is set for a new deal at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce has reportedly agreed an improved contract

Sam Allardyce is targeting signings in two positions after agreeing to a new Sunderland contract which will see him take full control of transfers and provide the 61-year-old with additional funds to spend, the Sun reports.

Allardyce is said to have signed a deal worth £80,000-a-week in October, but will reportedly commit to an improved contract having secured the Mackems' Premier League status.

It is claimed the assurance of Sunderland chairman Ellis Short that Allardyce will head the club's summer recruitment drive, despite the imminent arrival of Martin Bain as chief executive, is key to the new agreement.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short before the matchSunderland owner Ellis Short has reportedly given assurances

And with extra funds to spend, the former West Ham United boss is reportedly seeking a new midfielder and centre-back to kick off the Black Cats' spending spree.

As reported by the Sunderland Echo this week, Allardyce was in line to receive around £30 million for signings, and the same publication claimed on Thursday that at least half of that is required to land Andre Ayew from Swansea City.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew is said to be Sunderland's top target

Midfielder Ayew, who can play on the left, through the middle or up front, is said to be the Wearsiders' top summer target, having failed with a move in January.

One centre-back linked with a move to the Stadium of Light this week is Aden Flint of Championship outfit Bristol City.

Aden Flint of Bristol City in action with Tom Huddlestone of Hull CityBristol City's Aden Flint is another reported target

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