Dimitri Payet has played 30 times for West Ham United so far this season.
Sunderland scouts have been watching the Austrian international team recently.
The Whites' striker has been handed the punishment for an incident involving Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta in February.
The La Liga club recently parted company with boss Gary Neville, but Quique Sanchez Flores has ruled out a return to his former club.
The Tottenham Hotspur attacker has been side-lined for much of the campaign.
The Sunderland midfielder will not play again this season.
It is thought that sacked Swansea City manager Garry Monk would have no qualms over taking on the huge task at Villa Park.
The former Rangers player is looking forward to the Old Firm derby next month.
The Crystal Palace manager says Dimitri Payet has been the best outfield player in the Premier League apart from the Foxes' stand-out stars.
Steve Evans is clearly a fan of the Rotherham United boss.