The midfielder spent last season on loan with the Black Cats.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Sunderland's Yann M'Vila
According to the Chronicle, Sunderland are not keen on paying £5 million for Yann M’Vila as he is out of contract at the end of this year.
The midfielder spent last season on loan with the Black Cats, putting in a series of impressive displays as they escaped relegation under Sam Allardyce.
Both parties are keen on him making a permanent switch this this summer, even after David Moyes replaced Allardyce at the helm when he left to manage England.
Patrick van Aanholt celebrates scoring the first goal for Sunderland with DeAndre Yedlin and Yann M'Vila
So far a deal has not been struck though, with the player stuck in limbo at current club Rubin Kazan.
He has no future at the Russian side, but they are refusing to lower their £5 million asking price.
Sunderland's Yann M'Vila looks dejected at full time
And according to the Chronicle, Sunderland are unwilling to pay that price at this moment in time.
They are resistant to using a chunk of their current transfer budget on a player who will be available on a free transfer in the January transfer window.
Unless Rubin decide to lower their price, it is possible that Moyes will target someone else and bide his time over M’Vila.
Sunderland's Yann M'Vila celebrates at the end of the match