According to L'Equipe, Sunderland have struck a deal with Saint-Etienne for the sale of playmaker Wahbi Khazri, with a move worth almost £9million imminent.
Khazri, 27, joined Sunderland from Bordeaux in January 2016 having starred in France, and he impressed in the final months of the 2015-16 season to help the Black Cats stay up.
The midfielder struggled to feature under David Moyes in the 2016-17 season though, and with Sunderland relegated to the Championship, the Tunisian was loaned out to Rennes for the whole of last season.
Khazri starred with 11 goals and four assists, and whilst Rennes have been attempting to strike a permanent deal, they appear to have been pipped to a move by a Ligue 1 rival.
L'Equipe report that Rennes and Saint-Etienne have been vying for Khazri's signature, and the latter have now struck a deal with Sunderland at €7million up front and €3million in add-ons, meaning Sunderland are in line to receive £9million for the playmaker.
Khazri impressed at the World Cup with Tunisia this summer, scoring twice in three games as the Africans went out in the group stage, with Sunderland now benefiting from his displays.
Khazri undoubtedly has talent, but his last season with Sunderland was a disappointment, and it may well be best for all parties that he moves on, giving the Black Cats cash to spend and handing Khazri a return to France.
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