Report: Sunderland plan bid for Martin Braithwaite after recent scouting mission

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Sunderland are reportedly looking to beat Premier League rivals to the signature of Martin Braithwaite.

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are set to make a summer bid to sign Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite, having watched him play for Denmark against Scotland.

The Black Cats' bid to survive the drop took a blow on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion, and Sam Allardyce's men now lie four points adrift of safety.

Relegation currently looks very likely, but it isn't stopping Allardyce from looking for new signings, with a new striker seemingly on his radar.

The Daily Mail report that Sunderland scouts watched Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite play 45 minutes for Denmark against Scotland last week, and were suitably impressed to plan a summer bid.

It's claimed that Toulouse want just £4m for the former Esbjerg man, who has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Toulouse this season - fee which should be well within Sunderland's budget even if they do drop down into the Championship.

Whilst it's suggested that Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham United are also keen, Sunderland will be hoping to steal a march with an early bid, which could suggest that loan striker Dame N'Doye won't earn a permanent move this summer.

The Black Cats shopped in France during the January transfer window to sign two promising players in Lamine Kone (Lorient) and Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux), and it seems that they're prepared to do it again to snap up Braithwaite.

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