Sunderland to make scouting mission on Danish striker, as focus on French market continues

Wahbi Khazri and Sam Allardyce
Wahbi Khazri and Sam Allardyce

Sunderland continue to focus on the French market after being linked with a move for Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite.

Sam Allardyce brought in two players from France's Ligue 1 during the January transfer window after splashing out around £14million to land Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri.

It remains a market which Sunderland are looking at for new recruits after scouting Bordeaux midfielder Clement Chantome on several occasions over recent months.

Reports today have indicated that Sunderland also have an interest in Danish international Braithwaite, who has predominantly been used as a winger by Toulouse this season.

Sunderland along with West Ham and Leicester are expected to undergo a scouting mission north of the border on Tuesday night when Braithwaite lines up for Denmark in an international friendly against Scotland.

The 24-year-old - capable of operating out wide or as a central striker - has netted nine goals in 35 appearances for Toulouse this season after moving to France almost three years ago.

Whichever division Sunderland are in next season, Allardyce will be in the market for attacking reinforcements.

Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both left the club on loan deals in the January window which run until the end of their Sunderland contracts next summer, while Dame N'Doye is only at the Stadium of Light on a loan deal from Turkish side Trabzonspor.

N'Doye was brought to Wearside to boost Sunderland's striker options at the turn of the year, yet there have been reports in Italy that the Black Cats also targeted Genoa’s Leonardo Pavoletti in the last window.

Targetman Pavoletti has netted 11 goals in 19 Serie A appearances so far this season after only arriving at the club from Sassuolo in a £2.5m deal last summer.

But reports in Italy claim that Sunderland made an approach over a £12m move for Sassuolo in January, which was rejected by Genoa.