Report: Toulouse star Martin Braithwaite wants Premier League transfer, Sunderland in pole position

Sunderland are reportedly leading the race to sign Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite.

According to The Sun, Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer, and Sunderland are leading the race for his signature.

Braithwaite, 24, started his career with Esbjerg, and after 19 goals in 97 games, he earned his big move to France with Toulouse in 2013, where has impressed ever since.

With ten goals in all competitions this season, Braithwaite's tally for the Ligue 1 side now stands at 24 goals in 102 games, and it seems that he now has his sights set on a transfer.

The Sun report that Braithwaite wants to leave Toulouse this summer, and has set his sights on joining Danish international team-mates like Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Eriksen in the Premier League - with Sunderland allegedly in pole position to sign him.

The Black Cats snapped up Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri in January, raiding Lorient and Bordeaux respectively - and manager Sam Allardyce may look to rely on the French market again by targeting Braithwaite.

A pacey forward who can play as a striker or as a winger, Braithwaite could provide a major boost to Sunderland's attack, given that players like Ola Toivonen, Fabio Borini and Jeremain Lens have struggled to find their best form at the Stadium of Light.

Other Premier League teams could be interested in Braithwaite having impressed in France, but Sunderland may hope that they have the upper hand in the race for his signature.

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