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Sunderland still trying for Moussa Sow

Black Cats hoping for breakthrough in deal for Senegalese striker as they close on deals for Yann M'Vila and Leroy Fer.

Sunderland are locked in talks with Fenerbahce over Senegalese striker Moussa Sow but the Istanbul club are in no hurry to cash in, HITC Sport understands.

The Black Cats first made an approach for 29-year-old Sow earlier this summer, but Fenerbahce have offered them little encouragement despite the fact he has just one-year left on his current deal.

Now they are ready to go back with a final bid, and sources close to the deal have confirmed to HITC Sport that Sunderland will not be going back again as they have other options who they will pursue instead, if the Turkish giants say no and indications are that they are in no hurry to sell.

Sunderland have also been told about a possible clause in Sow's contract, which has only added to their frustrations. Their efforts had also previously been frustrated by Fenerbahce’s chase of a new striker as deals for the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor failed to materialise but they have since landed Robin van Persie from Manchester United, making Sow’s departure a possibility.

Sunderland themselves have moved Connor Wickham onto Crystal Palace, which is helping fund the increased offers for Sow , and coach Dick Advocaat wants the deal finalised before the opening game of the season with Leicester next weekend.

Indeed Advocaat has also given his approval to the club’s move for French international Yann M’Vila.

Sporting director Lee Congerton began talks last week with the 25-year-old’s representatives and a deal is now close to being finalised, as he is set to depart Russian club Rubin Kazan.

The club could very well make it a transfer treble in the next few days as they have also opened talks with Queens Park Rangers over their Dutch international Leroy Fer – who only joined them last year from Norwich City.

QPR need to reduce their sizeable wage bill and are ready to let Fer leave on an initial loan and Sunderland are already in talks.

A Sunderland source confirmed to HITC Sport: “The club have been working hard in the last few weeks and Dick is very pleased he could have at least three new faces in before the start of the season.”

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