According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are ready to make one final bid to sign Swansea City forward Andre Ayew before Monday's transfer deadline.
The Black Cats have made a host of signings already during this month's transfer window, with goalkeeper Steve Harper, defenders Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone, as well as forward Dame N'Doye all arriving at the Stadium of Light.
Sam Allardyce's men currently sit four points adrift of safety, and may need one more big signing to boost their chances of avoiding relegation this season.
The Shields Gazette reported earlier this month that Sunderland had seen a £10m bid for Swansea City star Andre Ayew rejected by their relegation rivals.
After eight goals since arriving from Marseille over the summer, the 26-year-old Ghanaian has impressed in South Wales, and Sunderland have been plotting an ambitious swoop to take him to Wearside ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.
Now, the Daily Mail report that Sunderland are preparing one final bid to land Ayew this weekend, and are offering £12m plus Italian forward Fabio Borini.
Borini may be familiar to Swans boss Francesco Guidolin having thrived in Serie A, whilst he also impressed in a prior loan spell with Swansea, scoring six goals in 12 games at the end of the 2010/11 season - but it would still be a surprise to see Swansea accept that offer, given how vital Ayew is to their chances of survival this season.
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