Sunderland are determined to keep hold of manager Gus Poyet.
Poyet has emerged as a target for Southampton following Mauricio Pochettino's move to Tottenham.
The Sunderland Echo says his four years at Brighton underlined the fact he would have no problems working on the south coast.
But of more relevance is that Poyet is a big admirer of Southampton's style and squad.
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