Black Cats eye Spurs ace
Midfielder Steven Pienaar has reportedly been told he can leave Tottenham this month if a club matches his £5million valuation.
Pienaar only arrived at White Hart Lane 12 months ago after he chose Spurs ahead of Chelsea but things have not worked out for the midfielder as he would have liked since his £2.5million move from Everton.
The South Africa international has not featured at all in the Premier League this season due to the outstanding form of the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon while he was restricted to just three appearances in the Europa League.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is said to be lining up a move to make Pienaar his first signing since taking over at the Stadium of Light and Spurs will apparently not stand in his way if the price is right.
Aston Villa are also reportedly keeping an eye on the situation while Everton are also understood to be interested in taking the midfielder back to Goodison Park on loan after his previous successful three-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside.