According to France Football, Sunderland could make a €15m (£12.5m) bid to hijack Djibril Sidibe's transfer from Lille to Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.
'Big Sam' certainly deserves backing in the transfer market after some smart signings in January, with Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri impressing following moves from Lorient and Bordeaux respectively.
Now, after both Kone and Khazri played key roles in Sunderland's survival, Allardyce appears to be keen on another swoop on French football, with links to Lille full back Djibril Sidibe.
France Football report that whilst Lille and Monaco are in talks over a deal to send Sidibe to the Stade Louis II, Sunderland are considering a move to hijack the transfer, and could pay up to €15m (£12.5m) to secure the Frenchman's signature.
Sidibe, 23, joined Lille from Troyes four years ago, and having impressed at both right back and left back, he was handed a spot on the standby list for France's Euro 2016 campaign.
Sidibe would be seen as a right back for Sunderland, given the problems the Black Cats have had in that position over the past year.
Adam Matthews played just twice for the club having signed from Celtic last summer and looks set to leave, DeAndre Yedlin has returned to Tottenham at the end of his loan deal, Billy Jones has looked unconvincing and Emmanuel Eboue didn't even make on appearance for the club after signing as a free agent in March.
Sidibe, especially at £12.5m, would be seen as a long-term solution to the problem, but Sunderland may have to move quickly before the player's move to Monaco goes through.
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