It is claimed that QPR will reluctantly let the former Blackburn man go in January in order to finance their own winter business as they look to avoid relegation.
Whilst there is no denying Hoilett would add the kind of pace to the Sunderland attack that is so desperately lacks, it's not the easiest rumour to believe. He'd certainly fall into the 'quantity' category rather than the 'quality' one that Gus Poyet has recently talked up.
He was linked with a move to the north east when he left Blackburn as a free agent, but wages were apparently a real stumbling block and, even if the interest was genuine this time, there is no reason to assume it'd be any easier to agree a deal now. And would QPR's desire to save themselves extend to helping what they will be sure to see as a relegation rival by giving them players? You wouldn't have thought so.
Probably wrong, as I usually am, but I'm not buying this one.