Sunderland fans expect Everton to sign Yann M'Vila for free in January

Fans look on as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

M'Vila played under Everton manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.

Ryan Mason of Tottenham Hotspur takes on Yann M'vila of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland AFC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Stadium of Light on...

Sunderland fans are tipping Yann M'Vila to become an Everton this winter.

M'Vila spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light, where Sam Allardyce was manager for much of that time.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Allardyce, who was appointed Everton boss last week, announced publicly his intention to sign the French midfielder on a permanent basis, but a deal failed to materialise after he was prised away by England.

M'Vila later agreed a new contract at parent club Rubin Kazan, but according to the Telegraph, he could soon become a free agent after the Russian side failed to pay their players for the past four months.

Yann M'Vila (L) of FC Rubin Kazan vies for the ball with Aleksandr Yerokhin FC Rostov Rostov-On-Don during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov Rostov-On-...

Following that development, many Sunderland fans are clamouring for M'Vila's return - although the more realistic among them acknowledge the difficulty they face as the Championship's second worst-placed side.

And some of them believe he's bound for Everton instead.

Here's what they're saying on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everton have been linked with M'Vila on numerous occasions, the latest one coming in 2016 via France Football.

Could Everton sign the former Sunderland loanee?

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