Sunderland were beaten 1-0 at home to Liverpool on Wednesday night, meaning they have now lost each of their last five games in the Premier League, and sit seven points adrift of safety.
Manager Sam Allardyce looked to be turning things around after successive wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke City, but must now bring in new signings.
Lorient confirmed to Ouest-France on Wednesday that Ivorian centre back Lamine Kone is on the verge of signing for Sunderland after a deal was agreed between the two clubs, but now it seems that Kone wasn't the only defender Sunderland attempted to lure away from Lorient.
L'Equipe report that Sunderland made a move to sign Lorient full back Lamine Gassama, but the player has snubbed a move to the Stadium of Light.
The 26-year-old right back, who started his career at Lyon, has seven caps for the Senegal national team, and his performances in France appear to have attracted Sunderland's attention.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it seems likely that Gassama will be moving on from Lorient, but a move to Sunderland seemingly isn't appealing to him right now, with the opening of the January transfer window just days away.