Report: Sunderland contact Aitor Karanka but could face Sheffield Wednesday competition

A general view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on April 29, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday are both said to be eyeing the former Middlesbrough manager.

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Sunderland have contacted Aitor Karanka about succeeding Simon Grayson at the Stadium of Light, but they could face competition from Sheffield Wednesday for the former Middlesbrough manager, according to the Sun.

Karanka left Middlesbrough in March but is said to want to continue in English football, having remained at his Harrogate base - which is almost equidistant to Sunderland and Sheffield.

Simon Grayson, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The report claims the Basque coach has been identified as the man to steady the ship at Sunderland, who are facing successive relegations, and is seriously considering what the Mackems have to say.

However, it adds that Sheffield Wednesday are also monitoring his situation, as they weigh up Carlos Carvalhal's position.

Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

The 14th-placed Owls ended a run of three games without a win against Millwall on Tuesday, but have difficult games against Aston Villa and Bristol City up next.

And according to the Sun, Sunderland will have to step up their interest in order to stay ahead of Wednesday in the hunt for Karanka's signature, should Carvalhal's reign be brought to an end.

Is Karanka the man for Sunderland/Sheffield Wednesday?

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch