Sunderland boss Roy Keane has made unsettled Hearts keeper Craig Gordon his preferred choice for the number one jersey at the Stadium of Light next season.
The Black Cats chief has reportedly made a £3million offer for the Scotland international, whose future at Tynecastle has been the subject of intense speculation for the past 12 months.
Gordon was dropped from the first team and stripped of the club captaincy last season after speaking about against Jambos owner Vladimir Romanov.
The 24-year-old has been mentioned as a possible target for Sunderland's Premier League rivals Aston Villa, Arsenal and Fulham in recent weeks.
However, Gordon claims he is unconcerned as speculation over his future is something he has become accustomed to dealing with during a turbulent 12 months at Hearts.
"I have no idea at the moment what's going to happen. It's all very quiet and I don't know what to expect," he said earlier in the month.
"The speculation doesn't faze me at all. It's something that's part and parcel.
"If you are doing well there will be speculation, so I must be doing something right if there is speculation going around. It doesn't bother me in the slightest."