Aston Villa's out-of-favour striker Darren Bent has been linked with a return to the North East with Newcastle United
Newcastle United host Arsenal while Sunderland travel to Tottenham in the final day of this season's Barclays Premier League campaign
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio says it would be "fantastic" if Jose Mourinho returned to manage in the Premier League
It's being reported that Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal to sign Black Cats Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Sunderland AFC have yet to confirm a fee has been agreed, but the Belgian International could cost Liverpool up to £10 million.
Rock legends Bon Jovi played to an estimated 50 thousand fans in Sunderland.
Their 'Because We Can' tour has taken the band all over the world.
Thousands of fans of UK rockers Bon Jovi flocked to see him take to a North East stage.
The band played for three hours to more than 45,000 people.
– Gary Hutchinson, SAFC commercial director
“It was a fantastic show and a great way to kick off our summer concert season. There’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to get a stadium show up and running and to see it come to fruition in such style is really pleasing.
“Once again, as a city we’ve demonstrated that by working together we can deliver major events in spectacular fashion, but with two more shows next week we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels.”
Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host Rihanna on Thursday 20 June, followed by North East Live, featuring JLS, The Wanted, Little Mix, Rita Ora and host of top acts, on Saturday 22 June.
Sunderland AFC has appointed a new Director of Football and Chief Scout as it restructures its recruitment team.
Roberto De Fanti joins the club in the newly-created Director of Football role. And Chief Scout Valentino Angeloni is being welcomed to the Black Cats from Italian giants Inter Milan.
Work on the summer recruitment process has already commenced, with players Valentin Roberge, Adilson Tavares Varela (Cabral) and Modibo Diakité set to join the club in July. Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne, said:
– Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne
“Roberto and Valentino bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and football contacts from across Europe and indeed the world and we are delighted to welcome them to Sunderland.
“The recruitment of players is of course key for any football club and Roberto and Valentino will work closely with the Head Coach and the Board to identify targets as we look to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.
“I would also like to extend our thanks to the President of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, who graciously agreed to allow Valentino to make the move to Sunderland.”
Paolo Di Canio has said 'it is important to respect the dignity of the club' after Sunderland AFC's Phil Bardsley was pictured lying on the floor of a casino in a pile of £50 notes.
Despite Bardsley denying being drunk, Di Canio has cut him from the team for their game against Tottenham.
At a press conference Di Canio was asked about the pictures, he said:
"I don't want to change the culture of the people, but I told them the day before we will be more strict, I will judge you more carefully because now we need to improve"
Paolo Di Canio has warned his Sunderland players that he is going to get tough - and he is even prepared to cut short their summer holidays.
The Black Cats narrowly avoided premier league relegation this season.
Di Canio told the squad he will call them in for training after the last game of the season at Spurs if he's not happy with their performance.