Alan Pardew is one of the main contenders for the Leeds United job with the bookies, so perhaps a move for an ex-Whites loanee could be considered if he gets the role.
Sunderland have made some poor signings over the years, but which ones failed to live up to the hype?
The likes of Theo Walcott and Charlie Austin might have been playing for Reading if things turned out differently.
The unfancied striker played a pivotal role in Sunderland staying up that season.
The 23-year-old has been put of action since November.
Crystal Palace lie just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League table.
Palace have added two strikers to their ranks this summer.
Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham questions whether James Forrest’s goal against Hearts should have stood.
The Sheffield Wednesday and the Crystal Palace strikers played together at Sunderland.
Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 on aggregate to book their place at Wembley.