French defender Modibo Diakite is in high demand in Italy and could be headed back to the peninsula before the transfer window closes.
The 27-year-old spent seven years at Lazio, developing into a well respected centre-back before leaving for Sunderland in June 2013 when his contract with the Aquile expired.
But life in the Premier League hasn't suited the towering stopper and he went back to Serie A on loan to Fiorentina for the second half of last season.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has reportedly told Diakite that he doesn't feature in his first-team plans, and it is being suggested that he may try and leave on a free transfer by rescinding his contract, which is set to run until June 2016.
Poyet has claimed that Diakite has 10 clubs who would like to sign him, so it seems that he won't be short of options should he leave the Black Cats.