The news coming out of West Ham this week is that Sam Allardyce has been told to start his side playing more entertaining football. While ‘old dog, new tricks’ immediately springs to mind, this has two reported implications for Sunderland.
Firstly, Mauro Zarate, the striker linked with a move to Wearside for long periods of last summer, is high on Allardyce’s wishlist. The Daily Mail briefly credit us with an interest, although it remains to be seen whether this is just regurgitating old news, and the article seems more focused on the Velez Sarsfield striker’s wife than anything else.
Secondly, Allardyce’s quest for entertainment has placed the Hammers in pole position to land Jack Colback following the expiry of his contract, according to the Mirror. Everyday it’s a new club in ‘pole position’, so lets just see what happens with this one.
Apparently, Sunderland are short of strikers ahead of the new season, which will see the Black Cats make a move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba. Wages alone are likely to make this an unlikely one, regardless of the fact three, if not all four, strikers on Wearside look committed to prove themselves next year.
Similarly, Bafetimbi Gomis is another striker being targeted by Sunderland, although his reported £100,000-a-week wage demands have quickly put water on those flames. Gomis is a free agent, and a move to Newcastle looks far more a possibility, and that says something!
At the other end of the pitch, Oscar Ustari continues to be linked with Lazio, with Southampton a new name thrown into the mix. This does, however, appears to be a mistake, with the report, in Italian, claiming Ustari will meet ‘his Southampton entourage’ this week. As you were then.