According to L'Equipe, Sunderland are in advanced talks over a deal to sign French midfielder Yann M'Vila from Rubin Kazan.
The Black Cats have already snapped up Adam Matthews, Sebastian Coates, Younes Kaboul and Jeremain Lens this summer, but manager Dick Advocaat will be keen to add more reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League season.
Now, French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that M'Vila is on he verge of a move to the Stadium of Light, with talks between the player and club at an advanced stage.
The 25-year-old midfielder was one of the most in-demand players in Europe during his time at Rennes, but has seen his career nosedive since moving to Russia with Rubin Kazan in 2013.
A loan spell with Inter Milan last season failed to rejuvenate M'Vila's career, and whilst he has been training with Dynamo Moscow, a move to the Russian side looks to be falling through - with Sunderland now seemingly ready to swoop.
What would M'Vila bring to Sunderland?
Primarily a defensive midfielder with impressive strength and passing ability, M'Vila needs to settle down rather than continue the current path he is on.
A midfield trio of Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell and M'Vila would be combative but hardly expansive, which would leave much of the attacking burden to the likes of Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens.
A couple of years ago, Sunderland fans would have been in dream land at the prospect of landing M'Vila - but now, there is far more apprehension surrounding his potential more to Wearside given the underwhelming state of his recent career.