After giving up on Andre Ayew yesterday, it appears as if Sam Allardyce has moved on quickly with reports in France claiming Sunderland are set to wrap up a deal for Bordeaux's Wahbi Khazri.
First reported by Gold FM, the official radio station of Girondins de Bordeaux, the story has also been picked up by the likes of L'Equipe and footmercato.
Khazri signe 4 et demi à Sunderland #girondins— GOLD (@GOLDFM) January 29, 2016
Khazri part à Sunderland. C'est fait. #girondins— Lawrence Leenhardt (@LawLeenhardt) January 29, 2016
Khazri est venu dire au revoir ce matin. Contrat de quatre ans et demi au Haillan. "C'est un super challenge. Je rêvais d'Angleterre. "— Lawrence Leenhardt (@LawLeenhardt) January 29, 2016
Khazri has apparently agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with Sunderland and said his goodbyes at Bordeaux's training ground. Speaking of the impending deal, Khazri said;
It is a great challenge. I dreamed of England.
Bordeaux have also officially announced the player's departure, saying that they reached an agreement over the player's sale and could not deny him this 'great opportunity'.
Accord trouvé avec @SunderlandAFC pour W. #Khazri. Plusieurs pistes pour le remplacer. >>> https://t.co/Y94M1ORepS pic.twitter.com/AKphky97bW— FCGirondins Bordeaux (@girondins) January 29, 2016
Khazri is an attacking midfielder, with six goals and seven assists in 30 games in all competitions for Bordeaux this season. Only Angel Di Maria has more assists in Ligue 1 this season than the Tunisian international and he also ranks third for key passes this season, just behind Di Maria and Ryan Boudebouz.
The fee is thought to be just over £8m and the 24-year-old will be Sunderland's fifth signing of the window, after Dame N'Doye, Jan Kirchhoff, Steve Harper and Lamine Kone. With just a couple of days left in the transfer window, we may yet see a 6th, with Allardyce chasing a right back throughout this window.