Sunderland will hold talks with David Moyes about becoming their new boss once they have agreed compensation for Sam Allardyce’s exit.
Allardyce is expected to be confirmed as the next England manager on Thursday, leaving the Black Cats with less than a month before the season starts to find a replacement.
Top of chairman Ellis Short’s wishlist is said to be Moyes, who was reportedly one of the club’s preferred candidates when they appointed Allardyce as Dick Advocaat’s replacement last October.
The Scot, who is currently out of work after leaving Spanish side Real Sociedad in November, is keen to get back into management and is set to speak to the Wearsiders about the soon to be vacant job at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland, who are said to want a manager with a proven track record in the Premier League, have also been linked with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez and Ryan Giggs.