Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband could become the new secretary of Sunderland after he is in talks with the club. The defeated Labour leadership contender is in discussions with Sunderland over a non-executive post.

He would focus on international and community work, a club spokesman said.

Mr Miliband was also reported to have pitched TV ideas to the BBC and is set to become a volunteer politics teacher at his local school in North London.

Sunderland have also been linked to moves for Owen Hargreaves and Denilson.