West Ham United and Hull City have both reportedly identified Emanuele Giaccherini as a transfer target ahead of the summer window.
Giaccherini was brought to Sunderland from Juventus last summer by former manager Paolo Di Canio, but he has been in and out of the team during a difficult campaign for the Black Cats.
Sunderland could be forced to sell the Italian if they are relegated from the Premier League, and both West Ham and Hull would be keen to secure his services, according to talkSPORT.
However, the two clubs could face competition from Genoa, with reports in Italy suggesting that the Serie A outfit are also interested in signing the 27-year-old.
Sunderland are currently bottom of the table with seven games left in their campaign.