Sunderland should be looking for nothing less than £15m for Wahbi Khazri

Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia passes the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia.

The Black Cats are still looking for the first singing of their summer transfer window ahead of next season's vital League One campaign.

Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia leads the Tunisia team out prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd,...

Sunderland have been faced with a bit of a tough summer transfer window up to now, with new manager Jack Ross yet to get a signing through the door.

Black Cats owner Stewart Donald promised the Sunderland faithful that positivity on Wearside can only be around the corner, but as of yet Sunderland's incomings have been extremely quiet.

However, despite no signings - Donald and 42-year-old Ross must first separate the players who want to stay on Wearside from those that do not.

One of Sunderland's most sought after forwards comes in the form of Tunisian striker Wahbi Khazri, who only recently featured in Tunisia's 2-1 defeat to England in the World Cup.

Harry Maguire of England puts pressure on Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in...

The 27-year-old featured for 85 minutes in Volvograd before being substituted and moments later Harry Kane nodded in the winner for England to destroy Tunisian hearts.

Khazri signed for Sunderland in 2016 and made 38 appearances in Sunderland colours, scoring three goals - including one on his debut against Manchester United. 

But the forward moved on loan to Rennes in 2017 when the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League, where he made 24 appearances and scored nine goals.

And with the transfer gossip heating up in relation to Khazri, Sunderland should be demanding nothing less than £15m for their sought after man.

Wahbi Khazri of Sunderland takes on Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth  during the Premier League match between Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on April 29, 2017 in...

Khazri, who originates from Ajaccio in France, has attracted interest from a number of clubs - but at the forefront looks to be Turkish giants Besiktas.

And with the player currently away in Russia on international duty at the World Cup on the biggest of all football stages, Sunderland have no reason not to demand a good price for Khazri.

Former St Mirren boss Ross will be keen to see Khazri on his way, but in the modern-day market it makes sense for Sunderland to hold off on any early offers from European clubs.

Donald's new regime on Wearside will be one which does not result in players leaving to enable transfers to come in, meaning the Black Cats can hold off on any potential buyers for the French born forward.

However, despite the quota being one that suggests Sunderland should hold off on early bids, it will be important to let clubs know just how much Khazri is worth in this market - ensuring the Black Cats don't get stuck with the player who has flattered to deceive on Wearside. 

 

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