Scott Parker has emerged as a summer transfer window target for Sunderland, with Tottenham reportedly willing to sell the England international before the deadline in September.
According to the Daily Express, Sunderland have identified Parker as a potential acquisition as Paolo di Canio looks to narrowly overhaul a squad that narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly ready to move Parker on during the summer with the Portuguese planning to recruit a replacement for the 32-year-old following the opening of the transfer window.
Parker made only 15 league starts for Spurs last term after struggling with injury, and Villas-Boas is reported to have made Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry a target.
Villas-Boas is reportedly hopeful the sale of Parker - which could raise around £4 million - would fund a swoop for Barry who, along with several Manchester City players, faces an uncertain future after the departure of Roberto Mancini.
The potential arrival of Barry at White Hart Lane would place Parker's position at the club in doubt, and seemingly provide Sunderland with the chance to bring the former West Ham star to the Stadium of Light.
Spurs are also set to welcome Sandro back to action next term as the Brazilian continues his rehabilitation from injury, apparently casting further doubt over Parker's future in north London.