Sunderland are also looking at Clement Chantome and Lamine Gassama as potential singings.
Sunderland will attempt to make midfielder Yann M’Vila their first summer signing, and will look to follow that up with three other signings, reports the Mirror.
The Frenchman is currently on loan at the club and has impressed with a series of top performances in the heart of their midfield.
Indeed, he has played a key role in their development under Sam Allardyce, helping to provide the defensive base that was key to their late survival.
They are now keen to make his move a permanent one, and the Mirror reports that he has told Allardyce he wants to stay.
M’Vila will not be the only one targeted either, with three other players also on the Black Cats radar, with Allardyce desperate to boost his squad.
They will revive their interest in Swansea City striker Andre Ayew, who they have been linked to in the past, having had a £10m bid rejected in January, according to The Guardian.
Allardyce is also keen to move back into the French market, presumably after the success he enjoyed in signing Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri in January.
He believes that the market still offers best value, with Bordeaux midfielder Clement Chantome and Lorient right back Lamine Gassama also being looked at for summer moves to the Stadium of Light.