Poyet, who has been out of work since being sacked by Brighton at the end of last season, has emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Di Canio, who was dismissed due to his poor record of four defeats from five games this season and a lack of morale amongst the squad.
It is believed that the decision to relieve Di Canio of his duties was made quickly after an intervention from senior players and, as such, the club had no candidates lined up to replace the former Swindon manager.
However, widespread reports state that the Uruguayan, 45, was identified by the club during a board meeting on Monday night as the man they want to take over the helm at the Stadium of Light.
Poyet took Brighton to the Championship play-offs last season before being fired following an internal disciplinary panel decision and is therefore available without Sunderland having to pay compensation.
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