Some Sunderland fans react as Wahbi Khazri joins St Etienne

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...

The 27-year-old has been close to the exit door for a while after a dreadful stint with Sunderland and now he has his move to the French side.

Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Panama and Tunisia at Mordovia Arena on June 28, 2018 in...

Sunderland have continued to follow up on what their owner Stewart Donald previously suggested would happen, and that is clearing out players who have little interest in playing for Jack Ross's side in the new season.

One of those players who was always going to leave Wearside was forward Wahbi Khazri, who has spent the last month out in Russia with Tunisia in their World Cup campaign.

However, the Black Cats have wasted no time in moving on their player, with confirmation of Khazri's move to French side St Etienne coming on Tuesday afternoon, and Sunderland fans have wasted no time reacting to the 27-year-old's departure on social media.

Khazri joined Sunderland in the January transfer window back in the 2016/17 season and certainly hit the ground running, with a goal coming in his debut for the Black Cats in a 2-1 win at home to Manchester United.

However, the attacker had a horrific second half of the season after his dream debut, scoring just two more goals in 38 appearances in front of the Sunderland faithful.

The Tunisian moved on loan to Rennes last term, where he scored nine goals in 24 appearances for the French first division side, but returned to Wearside before flying out to Russia to play on the biggest footballing stage.

Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia celebrates after scoring his sides second goal as Luis Ovalle of Panama looks on dejected during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Panama and...

And, after an eye-catching performance in a World Cup group which included England, Panama and Belgium, St Etienne had a bid of £6million accepted for Khazri.

However, the French side will eventually pay upwards of £9million for their new signing, with a number of clauses and add-ons included in the initial deal.

42-year-old Ross will be hoping to put that fee back into the club's transfer kitty, with several new signings still needed for Sunderland's League One campaign for the first time in 30 years.

A Sunderland fan shows his support during the Barclays Premier League Match between Wigan Athletic and Sunderland at The DW Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Wigan, England.

And here is the best of the reaction to Khazri's transfer to St Etienne...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch