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REPORTS: Allardyce linked with former charges

Despite only starting his new job today Sam Allardyce is already eyeing transfer targets according to reports...

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In the words of Sunderland Band Futureheads, 'Welcome to your new job, hope you have a wonderful first day. We are so happy to have you join the team!'

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has barely settled into his new surroundings and reports have already begun to emerge on potential transfer targets.

West Ham central defender James Tomkins could well be on Allardyce's wanted list during the January transfer window. Quite what the 26-year-old former England U21 international would make of any potential approach given he has just signed a new five year contract remains to be seen.  However the most significant issue is likely to be around of the fee.  The same reports suggest a figure of £10mil would be required to even get the London club to consider selling Tomkins.  It's doubtful whether we have that kind of money to spend on one defender given our financial position.

Interestingly though, there could well be imminent arrivals in the form of free agents.  Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole and Morgan Amalfitano, who were all previously on the Hammer's books, are free to join up with Allardyce now should he decide that they would add something to the Sunderland squad.

West Ham released Amalfitano owing to disagreements with their new manager Slavin Bilic.  However question marks hang over whether the former Marseille midfielder's temperament would best fit in a squad fighting the drop.

It is expected that many similar transfer stories will develop over the weeks and months to come, as they always do when a manager moves from one club to another.  All in all Allardyce has quite a bit of food for thought following his first day in the new job.