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TRANSFER UPDATE: The race for Sunderland World Cup star Khazri hots up as he’s close to leaving

Sunderland have rejected offers for want-away playmaker Wahbi Khazri, but there’s intense interest in him from a number of different sides and the club are confident that a sale is close.

Panama v Tunisia: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Roker Report have learned this morning that Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri is moving increasingly closer to the exit door, with Sunderland receiving heavy interest in the attacker from clubs that are incredibly keen to sign him ahead of the new season.

It’s our understanding that offers of around £7.5m have been rejected for Khazri from a trio of European outfits - one French, one Portuguese and one Belgian.

There’s also interest in him from a host of Chinese clubs, but with the transfer activity ramping up following Tunisia’s departure from the World Cup we’re told that a deal to sell him is now incredibly close.

The ex-Bordeaux man fell out at the group stages of this summer’s World Cup but still managed to bag himself two goals for his country, further strengthening the appeal that he has to potential buyers who are on the lookout for a bargain playmaker.

Khazri lit up Ligue 1 last season whilst on loan at Rennes, which has really done his career prospects a favour - despite Sunderland’s back-to-back relegations into the third tier.

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has maintained throughout the last couple of months that the club will not be held to ransom on transfer fees and, if potential buyers are not prepared to meet our valuation and pay us what we believe a player is worth, we simply won’t sell.