Sunderland have had success from the French market over the past six months.
According to a previous report by Shields Gazette, Sunderland’s head of recruitment Martin Glover is overseeing summer transfer plans with the club keen to delve into the French market.
Boss Sam Allardyce will be hoping for more influential additions this summer as he looks to help the club become a top-half challenger, and one key area to strengthen is in the final third.
Striker Jermain Defoe topped the club’s scoring charts and scored a number of crucial goals over the season, so much so that Allardyce strongly hinted his side would be relegated without the striker’s service.
Defoe, while a real poacher and seemingly in top condition, is 33 and there is no doubt Sunderland should be looking at a potential long-term replacement or in the mean time a viable strike partner.
France has an abundance of quality players which are often overlooked due to the somewhat poor state of the league, and among those is Toulouse forward Ben Yedder.
The 25-year-old has had an excellent campaign this past season, posting 17 league goals and five assists.
Yedder is very much a striker who likes to drop off a number nine, picking up the ball in deep positions and linking up well with his fellow forwards as he excels in key passes and through balls.
He would be absolutely ideal as a partner for Defoe, though if Sunderland were to be interested, they would have to make their move quickly as L’Equipe report Europa League winners Sevilla are keen on the £8 million-rated star.
Yedder, a former France U21 international, netted 23 goals in 41 games in all competitions over this past season and is most certainly ready to leave France for a big club this coming transfer window.