Sam Allardyce had great success when shopping in Ligue 1 in January, with Lamine Koné and Wahbi Khazri both proving to be a big hit and instrumental in the team avoiding relegation. Allardyce has already spoken about the French league being a big focus as he looks to improve the squad this summer;
You have to move in Europe and a lot of the value is in France, it has been for the last 10 years. You can negotiate with the French clubs for a reasonable price and the players who come from France seem to adapt well to the Premier League.
Big Sam appears to be true to his word, with Sunderland reportedly making an offer for Stade Rennais winger Kamil Grosicki.
Grosicki is currently with the Polish national team preparing for Euro 2016 but in an interview ahead of the tournament, Grosicki was asked about having offers from clubs in England, namely Sunderland and Southampton, and whether we will see him in the Premier League in August;
To play in the English league is the dream of every footballer. To be there, you have to play well, have great managers, happiness. If I went there, I could tell that something was achieved in football.
Although he describes it as his dream to play in the England, Grosicki says his first priority is with his current club and is aware of the physical demands of the Premier League, something he believes Polish players may struggle with;
I have a contract at Stade Rennais. For four years. It was my first goal - to extend the contract
Please see, not all Polish players are successful. There are other realities, physical strength is huge. According to me this is the main problem - the skills are similar, but we lack strength.
The 27-year-old is under contract with the French club until 2019, after a great season in which he scored 9 goals and racked up 4 assists in Ligue 1 led to Stade Rennais giving him a contract extension earlier this year.
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