According to The Chronicle, Sunderland are plotting a second bid for Swansea City forward Andre Ayew, having had their first offer of £10m rejected.
The Black Cats have already swooped to bring in two new signings this month, with defender Jan Kirchhoff arriving from Bayern Munich, and striker Dame N'Doye signing on loan from Turkish side Trabzonspor until the end of the season.
After Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland still have plenty of work to do in the battle against relegation, as they currently sit four points adrift of safety.
Manager Sam Allardyce will be keen to bring in more new signings, and he is seemingly plotting a hugely ambitious move for Swansea City star Andre Ayew.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian only signed for Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille over the summer, but he has impressed at the Liberty Stadium, notching seven Premier League goals so far this term.
The Chronicle report that Sunderland had an initial £10m bid for Ayew rejected last week, but Allardyce's men are now plotting a second, improved offer to try and lure him to the Stadium of Light.
Swansea recently sold midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle, and selling another big-name player to a relegation rival almost certainly wouldn't go down well in South Wales, with Swansea only one point clear of the drop themselves.
Sunderland have something of a history with Ghanaian players though, having previously signed the likes of John Mensah, Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan - and now, they appear to be keen on adding another name to that list in Ayew, though it won't be easy to prise him away from Swansea.
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