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Report: Poyet In Demand

According to reports in the Middle East, Gus Poyet is high on the wanted list of Saudi club Al-Hilal.

Richard Sellers

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With Gus Poyet due to meet Ellis Short this week to discuss his future and sort our the direction Sunderland are heading, it's been widely reported that West Ham United are keeping tabs on the situation but they are not the only club with their sights set on our Uruguayan head coach.

According to Saudi Arabian newspaper 'Al Watan', Al-Hilal have placed Gus Poyet on a three man shortlist should they decide to remove their current manager Sami Al-Jaber, who failed to win any silverware for the club this season. The report claims the board of the Saudi Premier League club will meet in the near future to discuss the future of ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers player Al-Jaber and should they decide to remove him from his position, Poyet, along with two unnamed European managers, will be their choices to take over their managerial position.

Although it seems very unlikely that Poyet will leave Sunderland to take over the reigns of Al-Hilal, their interest, along with West Ham's, should mean the Uruguayan will be in a strong negotiating position when he meets Shorts later in the week.

With Poyet reportedly wanting clarification over the size of Sunderland's budget to strengthen over the summer, as well as more power behind the scenes so he can introduce a consistent playing style at all levels, expect he and Short to thrash out their differences in a move that will see Poyet remain at the club for the foreseeable future.