Sunderland have made a third approach for Lamine Kone, FootMercato reports.
The 26-year-old Ivorian international has been the centre of a long-running transfer saga this month, with the Black Cats twice failing to secure his signature.
The Guardian claim that Sunderland cancelled an initial deal to sign the centre-back, which infuriated Lorient chiefs, although they then accepted a loan offer from the Wearside club for the same player, as reported by the Mail.
However, the Sun then claimed that Kone was not keen on a loan move, and rejected the move straight away.
Despite both these rejections, Sam Allardyce has made it his personal mission to sign Kone, and has made a third offer.
The report indicates that the offer is a straight up purchase offer, with Sunderland submitting a bid of the same size as when their initial approach was accepted.
However, they have opted to increase the wage they are willing to pay to Kone, which they believe will sweeten the deal and get the defender to accept the move to Wearside.
It is not stated as to whether the offer has been accepted by either club or player, but Allardyce is extremely keen to get this long-running transfer saga out of the way and sign his priority target before the close of the transfer window.