Why Sunderland should move for French star Gignac

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Sunderland should consider a move for Gignac to help get the best out of Jermain Defoe in his twilight years.

Mario LeminaAndré-Pierre Gignac would be a fantastic acquisition for Sunderland

Sunderland's ability to avoid relegation last term was down to in so small part the wonderful performances of their prolific striker Jermain Defoe.

His 15 Premier League goals for a club that struggled so much throughout the course of the season was quite remarkable, but there is a signing the Black Cats could make that would make the 33-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham striker even more dangerous.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGignac is still considered an important member of the French national side, despite him plying his club trade in the Mexican league

Former Marseille hitman André-Pierre Gignac is currently contracted to Mexican League outfit Tigres UANL after a five-year stint with Ligue 1 side Marseille. At the age of just 30, he still has plenty to offer, and has every attribute necessary to succeed in the Premier League.

He is incredibly strong, and has the wonderful talent of being able to knock down long balls with admirable finesse for such a big man. He is very similar to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the sense that his all-round game is just as important to his team as his goals are.

The Tigres UANL hitman has 30 caps for France to his name, and his quality is underlined by the fact he was chosen as part of their Euro 2016 squad ahead of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Karim Benzema.

During his time at Marseilles, Gignac managed 59 goals in 155 games, but his all-round contributions to the team were what stood out the most. His unselfish play helped bring out the best in strikers such as Loic Remy in his time at The Stade Velodrome, and that is exactly the effect he could have on Defoe, should a move to The Stadium of Light ever materialise.

Sunderland's Jermain DefoeSignac could act as the perfect fit for Jermain Defoe

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is renowned for favouring a long-ball, direct style of play, and Gignac would be the ideal man to have up alongside of Defoe, with the former England international's energetic nature the perfect compliment to the Frenchman's raw power and guile.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce's preferred style of play is built for someone like Gignac

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