West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce heavily favored to move to Sunderland at the end of this season is reportedly on the wish list of the Nigeria senior national team.
Allardyce according to the Sun has been approached by Nigeria to take over from Stephen Keshi in event the NFF fails to reach an agreement with the out of contract coach.
It was gathered Allardyce was sounded out by Nigeria with his former captain at Bolton Wanderers Austin Okocha the go between in the preliminary talks which took place last week.
Okocha was with a delegation of Nigeria former players to the United Kingdom for a match reading course but the Delta state FA boss spoke with one of the representatives of the coach to intimate him of Nigeria interest.
However Big Sam who is favored to take over Sunderland from caretaker manager Dick Advocaat at the end of the season is yet to communicate his response.
Nigeria have handed a deadline of Friday for head coach Stephen Keshi to sign a new deal proposed by the football federation or risk been replaced.
The team is currently under the hands of former Everton start Daniel Amokachi who is operating in an interim capacity until a substantial coach is appointed for the 2013 cup of Nations champions.