Sunderland and Crystal Palace are both interested in making a move for Stephane Badji in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
Badji could be a bargain buy because of a clause in his contract allowing him to leave his current club Brann in Norway for just £600,000.
The 24-year-old has impressed scouts of both clubs after showing good form and it is felt that they could be set to do battle in January.
Both teams are thought to be looking to add quality to their midfield departments at the next available opportunity and Badji has reportedly been identified as a target by Gus Poyet and Neil Warnock.
The Senegal international, who has been watched over the recent international break, offers power and presence in the centre of the pitch.
It is because of this that both sides are interested in acquiring his services and Badji, himself, is said to be keen on making a switch to England.
If he joined either of the two sides he would be likely to face a relegation battle, as both have struggled for some so far this campaign.
Although Palace and Sunderland are currently narrowly above the relegation zone, they know that a poor run of form could see them drop into the bottom three and it seems they are prepared to spend their way out of trouble in January.
Given his relatively low cost, Badji looks like a risk-free signing and if he turns out to be as impressive as he has been in Norway it could be one of the buys of the upcoming transfer window.