Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has been encouraged to hear Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom would be interested in taking over.
Sunderland sacked manager Simon Grayson last month.
The Barnsley manager is 2/1 to replace Simon Grayson at Sunderland - could the following Aston Villa and Reds stars follow him north if appointed?
Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom is reportedly interested in considering the Sunderland job.
Sunderland have been linked with Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom recently.
Sunderland sacked manager Simon Grayson last week.
The Barnsley manager began his career at Sunderland.
Ashley Fletcher left West Ham United to join Middlesbrough in the summer transfer window. The youngster had a loan spell at Barnsley from Manchester United in 2015-16.
Barnsley's deal to sign Oli McBurnie on loan from Swansea City fell through at the eleventh hour.
Wednesday already took Sam Winnall from Barnsley in January, and Roberts would be an excellent capture for them.