Mick Quinn's response when asked if Sunderland takeover could make them a bigger club than Newcastle United

Mick Quinn - Newcastle United

Newcastle's bitter rivals Sunderland are the subject of fresh takeover speculation.

General view - Stadium of Light Sunderland

Sunderland could become the latest Premier League club to be bought by Chinese owners, according to the Sun.

The report claims the Mackems have held talks with consortia in the Far East regarding the club's possible £150 million sale, having began yet another top flight campaign poorly.

Such acquisitions usually lead to playing squad investment, which if implemented in January could enable Sunderland to climb up the table and in a strong position to compete next season.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejected

With bitter rivals Newcastle United consigned to the Championship for at least the next eight months, Sunderland would theoretically have a head start on the Magpies next term were that to be the case.

However, when asked if he was worried about the Mackems becoming the bigger club, former St. James' Park favourite Mick Quinn told Talksport: "Shut up, man. No chance.

"They can have as many Chinese owners as possible but they’ve no chance of being bigger in stature than my beloved Newcastle United."

Mick Quinn

Despite their current predicaments, Sunderland and Newcastle are without question two of English football's most decorated clubs.

As well as welcoming around 50,000 supporters through their respective gates each home fixture, the pair have won 10 top flight titles (Sunderland, 6; Newcastle, 4), eight FA Cups (Sunderland, 2; Newcastle, 6) and one European trophy (Newcastle) between them.

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