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Coral’s Rumour Reel: Big Sam’s Sunderland fire sale

Holly Thackeray | November 21, 2015

Coral keep customers updated on all the freshest football transfer gossip, with this morning’s Premier League rumour reel latest featuring relegation threatened Sunderland’s potential striker purchase and much more.

Big Sam set to ship off big names?

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New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce’s task to rescue the Black Cats from a relegation battle could be bolstered by a £15m transfer kitty to spend in the January sales, according to reports.

Yet, wheeler-dealer Big Sam could also raise extra cash by offloading some big names this winter, with veteran striker Jermain Defoe and Swedish utility man Sebastian Larsson, both in their 30s, tipped to be put up for auction.

QPR hitman Charlie Austin is expected to be the Mackems’ main marksman target, though it would likely take much more than a mooted £15m to bring the striker to the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland priced at 9/2 to stay up this season.

In more Black Cats business, free agent Kevin Nolan, who left last club West Ham United in August, could also arrive in the Northeast to link back up with former boss Big Sam for a third time.

Atletico Madrid to beat Arsenal to Serbian starlet

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are apparently going toe-to-toe for latest teenage Serbian talent Andrija Zivkovic, a highly-rated winger for Partizan Belgrade. Though, La Liga big-guns Atletico have now apparently also entered the fray for the youngster, whose contract expires in June, and could set off a scramble for his signature.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, former Manchester United and Everton stalwart Phil Neville has pitched in with his thoughts on the John Stones transfer saga, stating: “I think he can play, not just at the best clubs in England, but at the best clubs in Europe. I really do.

“One of the big boys in Spain, or Bayern Munich – I think he’s at that level. They’ll be looking at him and thinking this boy is something special,” added the former defender.

Centre back Stones has recently been linked again to long-time admirers Chelsea as well as Catalan giants Barca, though this morning’s press believe Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal is now eyeing the 21-year-old, but may have to shell out a fee in excess of £45m to land his man next summer. The Red Devils are currently available at 7/1 to win the Premier League.

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