Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend looks set to leave North London on loan in January - with Newcastle United and Aston Villa battling for his signature.
It comes as Spurs have slapped a hefty £14m price tag on the England winger, who has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.
The 24-year-old has struggled to establish himself in Mauricio Pochettino's first-team and is desperate to be playing regular football before the end of the season as he looks to win a place in the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Sunderland have also been heavily linked with a move for Townsend, whose current Spurs contract runs until 2017, having signed a four-year deal following his England debut in October 2013.
But boss Sam Allardyce recently rubbished those reports, saying that the player isn’t on his radar because of Premier League regulations over loan players. Sunderland already have DeAndre Yedlin on loan from Spurs.
The rules state that you can only have one player on loan from another Premier League club at one time, and with Yedlin on loan at Sunderland until the end of the season, the Black Cats are unable to sign anyone else from Spurs on a temporary basis.
Sunderland could sign Townsend on a permanent deal, but Allardyce revealed to the Echo that they are only looking at the loan market next month.
Townsend remains a target of several Premier League sides though, with Newcastle among the favourites to sign him.
Earlier this season, the Spurs academy graduate was made to train with the development squad and was dropped from the first team squad after a falling out. But he has since returned to the matchday squad, as an unused sub.