The key to Sunderland's survival was that manager Sam Allardyce made three key signings in January; defender Lamine Kone, midfielder Jan Kirchhoff and playmaker Wahbi Khazri, all of whom played key roles in the final stages of the season.
Now, manager Allardyce is looking for major additions to boost his squad again, and is this time looking to raid a Premier League rival in the process.
The Sun report that Sunderland will make a £10m bid to sign Swansea City star Andre Ayew, who impressed with 12 goals in his debut Premier League campaign.
The Ghanaian international only joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille last summer, but questions are being asked about his future already - leading Sunderland to test Swansea's resolve with a big bid.
It's suggested that Ayew's wages will be no problem for Sunderland, but one issue they may face is interest from Premier League rivals West Ham United.
The Hammers failed in a move for Ayew last summer, but the report claims that Slaven Bilic's men are interested in signing him again, with a possible reunion with his former Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet on the cards - which could be appealing for Ayew.
West Ham could still qualify for the Europa League, and that is also something which could lure Ayew to the Olympic Stadium rather than the Stadium of Light, where a relegation battle has become an annual occasion.
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