As per a report in French publication RMC, Rennes have had a £2.15 million bid knocked back for highly-rated Sampdoria striker Stefano Okaka.
The Premier League duo are casting their options wide this summer, taking advantage of the cheaper European market in order to strike themselves a real bargain.
The Saints had great success in the market last summer, and their links to Okaka come as little surprise as they bid to find suitable striker competition for fellow Italian Graziano Pelle.
The race to sign Okaka is starting to gather pace and fresh reports from France state a bid has been submitted for the 25-year-old, though ultimately turned away.
“Rennes has forwarded an offer of €3 million [£2.15m] to Sampdoria for striker Stefano Okaka. The player would be attracted by the offer of Stade Rennais, but the problem is Sampdoria requires a bigger transfer fee to start the discussions,” the report in RMC states.
Should Sunderland make a bid for Okaka?
Sunderland’s biggest problem last season was making the most of dangerous attacking situations and scoring goals, as defensively they were for the most part fairly solid.
Manager Dick Advocaat has a big job in terms of finding that goal threat this summer, but questions marks remain over Okaka’s ability to regularly find the net.
His attributes and link-up play is impressive, but with just four Serie A goals to his name over the course of the 2014/15 campaign perhaps he is not the goal scoring threat the Black Cats crave this summer.