Sunderland have been linked with a move for Marseille midfielder Romao, L’Equipe reports.
The 32-year-old holding player is out of contract in the summer, and L’OM have offered him a two-year extension.
However, they are aware he may not want to stay in France, and are ready to sell him this month for a small fee, rather than lose him for free in the summer.
The report claims that Sunderland have been tracking him, and were preparing to send an offer to the Ligue 1 outfit on Monday for the transfer of the Togolese international.
There are no indications that a formal bid has been submitted though, with the Daily Mail running quotes from Romao’s agent, Mark McKay, which deny any contact from Sunderland.
McKay said: “It's not correct that Sunderland have made an approach. There is interest in him and he would like to play in England but it is up to Marseille what happens this month.”
This makes it sound as if a move for the midfielder is not being lined up by the Black Cats, although Sam Allardyce could renew his interest in Romao later on in this transfer window.