Sam Allardyce is believed close to taking Kevin Nolan to Sunderland even though the scouser has been abused like no other down the years by Black Cats fans.
Nolan grabbed a hat-trick for Newcastle in a 5-1 derby back in 2010 and Nolan has taken pleasure in ‘extracting it’ from Black Cats fans ever since.
Nolan has trained with Leyton Orient in recent weeks and there’s barely anybody who knows about the relationship between the pair who wouldn’t expect the move to take place.
He would be interested in joining Sunderland if Allardyce wants him back in the North East, although both men are aware a move will not be universally welcomed on Wearside.
ClaretandHugh understands that Nolan is also on Brighton and Hove Albion’s wanted list and that he wouldn’t mind remaining in the south but the Allardyce ‘pull’ may well clinch things in Sunderland’s favour.