Sunderland could be looking to sign loan star Toivonen permanently next summer.
29-year-old Toivonen arrived at the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan deal, and a report in the Sunderland Echo claims that Rennes are ready to sanction his permanent departure to the Wearside club.
Unlike Yann M’Vila’s loan switch to the Black Cats, there is no option to buy clause in Toivonen’s current contract, meaning that Sunderland are only able to purchase him if a deal is accepted by Rennes.
However, the report claims that the Ligue 1 side are open to selling him permanently, and will sanction his transfer to the Black Cats.
They were looking to sell Toivonen this summer, but Sunderland only wanted a temporary deal, but if he is a success on Wearside, then it is expected that Dick Advocaat will look to bring in him full-time.
Rennes were looking to sell him for roughly £2 million this summer, and the report indicates that the asking price will be fairly similar at the end of this campaign, despite him entering the final year of his contract next summer.
Toivonen himself is also said to be keen on moving club, having become frustrated during his time in France.