Sunderland are close to agreeing a double deal with Tottenham for Jermaine Jenas and Danny Rose, Goal.com understands.
Martin O’Neill has sanctioned the moves for the pair after travelling to London on Tuesday to hold talks with them and explain where they fit into his plans.
The Black Cats are locked in talks to complete a permanent deal for Jenas and a season-long loan for Rose.
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Rose can play at either left-back or in midfield and his arrival will pave the way for the departure of Fulham-bound Kieran Richardson.
Martin O’Neill kick-started his summer recruitment drive with the signings of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher last week and then turned his attention to prising Jenas from White Hart Lane.
The former England midfielder has been looking for a new club after being told he does not feature in the plans of new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.
QPR and West Ham both made moves for the 29-year-old earlier in the summer but cooled their interest.
Jenas spent last season on loan at Aston Villa but suffered a series of injury problems and returned to London after rupturing his Achilles last December.
He still has two years to run on his Spurs contract after the club exercised their option to extend it by another 12 months in March.
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