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Wahbi Khazri on the verge of his Sunderland exit as the Tunisian is pictured arriving in France

Wahbi Khazri has been pictured in France as a loan move to Stade Rennais draws near.

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Wahbi Khazri has made no secret of his desire to leave Sunderland before the transfer window closes, originally expressing his desire to leave shortly after the Premier League season and then again just last week - the latter causing enough uproar for the midfielder to make an apology for sorts on Instagram - but it now looks like he will get his wish after he was pictured arriving at Rennes-Saint-Jacques airport ahead of a medical with Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais.

Stade Rennais recently received a huge windfall thanks to their sell-on clause in Ousmane Dembele’s contract, which netted them around €25m. Despite that windfall it looks as if Sunderland were unable to persuade the French club to part with a fee to sign Khazri permanently as the Tunisian is set to sign on a season-long loan deal.

West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho was also pictured at the same airport, ahead of a €9m move, which further highlights more poor transfer business from decision makers at Sunderland.

Either giving Khazri, Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini excessive contracts which makes shifting them harder or by giving in too easily to the buying clubs and accepting loan deals which benefit the player and the buying club more than Sunderland.

Toulouse are still thought to be in the running for Khazri despite his impending medical but it looks certain that he will depart for Ligue 1 before 11pm tomorrow night. We can only hope that any money we save by getting the Tunisian off the books helps Simon Grayson belatedly land some attacking reinforcements.

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