Sunderland closing in on £9m signing of Bordeaux midfielder

Wahbi Khazri

Wahbi Khazri

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Sunderland are hopeful of completing the £9million signing of Wahbi Khazri over the weekend after making a big money move for the Bordeaux attacking midfielder.

Sam Allardyce admitted yesterday that a forward was his priority for the remainder of the January transfer window after the Black Cats have been looking at attack-minded options for several weeks.

And with Sunderland's pursuit of Swansea's Andre Ayew reaching a dead end, the Black Cats have wasted no time in making a move for an alternative, with Khazi on the verge of a move to the Stadium of Light.

Bordeaux have confirmed that they have accepted a £9m offer from Sunderland and Khazri is now in the UK to finalise a four-and-a-half year deal with the Black Cats after flying from France this morning.

A statement from the French club said: "The club have reached an agreement with Sunderland AFC for the transfer of Wahbi Khazri.

"The attacking midfielder has a beautiful opportunity with the English club.

"He is therefore authorised to head to England to negotiate with the Premier League club."

Sunderland are aiming to complete a deal for the Tunisian international over the weekend.

Khazri - who has been tracked by Aston Villa and Celta Vigo - has netted 14 goals in 48 appearances for Bordeaux since joining the French top flight side from Bastia 18 months ago.

The 24-year-old has been the stand-out figure for Bordeaux this season, along with midfielder Henri Saivet, who joined Newcastle in a £5m deal a fortnight ago.